A former Virginia city attorney is accused of making a fake racist phone call to himself and causing the cancellation of a city council meeting, court documents allege.
Former Petersburg Attorney Brian Telfair, who left office Mar. 4, previously claimed that a redneck called him and made racial threats against him which prompted the city to shut down a city council meeting, The Progress-Index reported Thursday.
New court documents show that Telfair may have had an employee buy a burner phone for him and then called himself from the phone.
“Telfair stated he made the telephone call to himself that was reported to Petersburg Bureau of Police as a threatening phone call,” police said in a document about a Virginia State Police special agent’s interview with Telfair. “Mr. Telfair also stated that he made the telephone call to preserve the institution of the city.”
Telfair reportedly asked an employee to buy a burner from Family Dollar Tree, which he allegedly used to make the call. Telfair told police that he faced a lot of stress from city members fighting amongst each other, according to court documents.
“He was being blamed for the problem with finances even though he had nothing to do with the money and the mayor was not a leader. No person should have to go through what he went through,” court documents say.
Telfair’s lawyer denied the charges, claiming that the allegations were just a series of targets to discredit his client.
“It seems as though Mr. Telfair has been targeted because of the knowledge he possesses surrounding some of the malfeasance in the city of Petersburg government over the course of his tenure there,” his lawyer said in a statement. “There is an effort to discredit and dismiss him as well as his previously voiced concerns about what was happening in Petersburg. The ‘revelation’ from the court files curiously appears in the weeks leading up to one of his court appearances.”
Police charged Telfair with a class one misdemeanor of filing a false police report.
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