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Robert Jeffrey jr

At a political event in downtown Roanoke today Mayor Sherman Lea Sr. said there was “nothing” he could add about the embezzlement charges announced against fellow City Council member Robert Jeffrey Jr. – saying the matter was in the courts. Jeffrey, also a magazine publisher, has been charged with felony embezzlement in a period covering from May 2020 through this past April.  As to how well Lea knew Jeffrey before he was elected to Council last year: