RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A federal grand jury indicted former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell Tuesday in connection with an ongoing gift scandal.
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The couple was charged in federal court Tuesday on 14 counts stemming from gifts and loans coming from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. The documents allege Gov. McDonnell and his wife illegally promoted the supplement company in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans.
The indictment includes:
McDonnell released a statement Tuesday again denying wrongdoing and pledging to fight the allegations.
McDonnell recently completed his time in office earlier this month with a cloud of legal troubles overshadowing his term. He apologized in his final State of the Commonwealth address, briefly defending his actions while admitting that taking gifts from Williams didn't look good.
"Choices I made were legal, and as several reviews have shown, no person or company received any special benefits during our Administration," the former governor said in the speech.
Williams resigned as CEO of Star Scientific last month, as did company president Paul Perito. They are still with the Glen Allen-based company to help with the litigation and product development. The company changed names to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals after a vote by shareholders. Dr. Michael Mullan replaced Williams.
Attorney General Mark Herring recently said the state is no longer going to pay outside law firms to represent McDonnell and his staffers. Herring, a Democrat, terminated the contracts related to criminal investigations of McDonnell.
Cuccinelli also received plane rides, vacation stays and supplements from Williams. He was also questioned for a fortuitous short term investment in Star stock. He has said he would give $18,000 to an unspecified charity, an amount equal to the value of the personal gifts Cuccinelli received from Williams.