Grand jury indicts Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. for taking money from Economic Development Authority

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. was indicted on Monday by a grand jury for two felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses from the city’s Economic Development Authority.

On Monday, Oct. 4, Donald Caldwell — the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Roanoke — announced that Jeffrey took the money from the city council-appointed body from Nov. 12, 2020 to Dec. 2, 2020 and from Nov. 13, 2020 to Dec. 2, 2020.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Jeffrey reportedly took significantly more than the $1,000 minimum for felony larceny.

Officials say these indictments are based on evidence that was uncovered as part of the ongoing investigation into the councilman’s previous indictments.

This news comes after Jeffrey was indicted on two counts of felony embezzlement on July 6.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney said at the time the embezzlement indictments followed a complaint made by the “Northwest Neighborhood Environment Organization.” Jeffrey reportedly manages the property.

The organization filed an eviction lawsuit against the Roanoke councilman’s media company in June, citing a breach of the lease other than non-payment of rent.

“As before, we do not consider Mr. Jeffrey to be a flight risk or present a safety risk to the public at large, I have recommended to the Court that a $15,000 personal recognizance bond be set and that Mr. Jeffrey allowed to turn himself in for processing,” Caldwell said in Monday’s statement.

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