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Ex-sheriff admits campaign finance violations, denies bribes

NORFOLK (AP) A former Tidewater Virginia sheriff testified in his own defense on Aug. 18, admitting to violating campaign finance laws and getting loans and gifts from businessmen who had city jail contracts, but he denied taking bribes.

Former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe is accused of using his position to solicit bribes and campaign donations from people linked to two companies that had large Norfolk City Jail contracts. He’s charged with fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

McCabe spent five hours testifying in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, The Virginian-Pilot reported. He’ll return to the witness stand on Aug. 19 to begin cross examination.

McCabe testified that he consistently waited until the last minute to file campaign finance reports and probably failed to report some contributions and expenditures, but claimed it was never intentional.

McCabe also admitted taking a $12,500 check from Gerard “Jerry” Boyle, who had a contract with the jail, while running for mayor in 2016. McCabe admitted getting a $5,000 loan from Boyle, and accepting $3,000 to $4,000 from him to spend during a casino trip, but said it was because they were friends.

McCabe denied ever directing his staff to give favored contractors bid information, as some employees claimed while testifying.

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