ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The trial for Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. — who has been indicted for embezzlement and taking money from a city-appointed body — has been rescheduled for the week of March 14, 2022.

A judge made the decision on Wednesday, Oct. 6 during a status hearing on Jeffrey’s new felony charges of obtaining money by false pretense from the city’s Economic Development Authority.

Jeffrey’s trial was initially scheduled to begin on Oct. 25 for his embezzlement charges, which date back to July 6 when he was indicted by a grand jury.

The embezzlement charges stem from the councilman reportedly stealing significantly more than $1,000 between May 2020 and April 2021.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Roanoke announced on July 6 that the indictments follow a complaint made by the “Northwest Neighborhood Environment Organization.” It is said that Jeffrey manages the property.

On Monday, Oct. 4, the councilman was indicted again, this time for two felony counts of “unlawfully and feloniously” defrauding the Economic Development Authority of money “substantially above the $1,000 threshold for a felony larceny,” according to official records.

Jeffrey waived his right to appear at his status hearing Wednesday. Instead, his attorney, Jonathan Kurtin, was in the courtroom on the councilman’s behalf.

A judge ruled the new charges for unlawfully obtaining money be added to Jeffrey’s embezzlement charges. However, the defendant has the right to file a petition to have the charges tried separately.

Kurtin spoke with WFXR News over the phone, saying, “Mr. Jeffrey and I are looking forward to his day in court and are confident that when this is all over and the dust is settled, he will be vindicated.”

According to Kurtin, this will be the only comment he makes regarding the case against the councilman.

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