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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Less than two weeks after leaving office, former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen were indicted Tuesday on 14 felony charges related to the Star Scientific scandal that clouded the latter stages of his governorship.

The indictment, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia, accuses the governor and his wife of accepting more than $135,000 in gifts and loans from then-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for assistance in promoting the company. According to the indictment, this amounted to “a scheme to violate federal public corruption laws.”

The McDonnells have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud, three counts of honest-services wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, six counts of obtaining property under color of official right, and one count of making false statements to a federal credit union.

McDonnell — who was once considered to be a potential 2016 presidential candidate — and his wife have both denied any wrongdoing. Still, as the scandal came to light in 2013, the McDonnells repaid the money and returned the gifts Williams gave them.

If convicted, the pair could each face decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

The full indictment can be read below, via Talking Points Memo.

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  • docb

    Let us not forget the the gop baggers are all about ‘FAMILY VALUES’…This is the prime example today!

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    The only bad thing about this is they didn’t grab up Cooch yet.

  • Lovefacts

    I’m waiting for the hammer to fall on Cooch. Unlike McDonnell, Cooch hasn’t returned a dime and claims he did nothing wrong. Yeah, well the we Virginia voters disagreed. His political career is over. As for McDonnell, it kills me to say this but if you remove the vaginal ultra sound from his record, he wasn’t bad. However, McDonnell’s wife is a regular Lady Macbeth, what a piece of work.

  • Billie

    I’ve been keeping up with this the last couple of days and it strikes me that it sounds more like they were blackmailing Williams for some reason. When she can say to Williams “I want Bob to have a Rolex engraved with 71th governor of Virginia and I want you to buy it” sounds like blackmail to me. Like they had something on him besides promoting his product.

  • Billie

    I just wish someone would investigate Rick Perry. We know that the Koch brothers have him in their pockets.

  • yesIDeeClaire

    In a related video we find clueless liberal democrat Nancy Pelosi lying about central government control of your medical care: