Former Petersburg City Attorney Brian K. Telfair asked a city employee to buy a prepaid cellphone that he later used to make a phone call to himself — a call that Telfair told police was made by an unknown “redneck” caller who made racist threats to the mayor and two other city officials, according to court records.
“Telfair stated he made the telephone call to himself that was reported to Petersburg Bureau of Police as a threatening phone call,” according to a police narrative in the court file of a Jan. 30 interview of Telfair by Virginia State Police special agents. “Mr. Telfair also stated that he made the telephone call to preserve the institution of the city.”
According to the police narrative in Telfair’s court file, Nykesha Jackson, clerk of the Petersburg City Council, told investigators that Telfair asked her whether she knew of a store that sold telephones, and she mentioned Family Dollar. Jackson said Telfair then gave her some money to purchase a “burner phone” and have it activated, which she did.