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FBI looking into donor's gifts to Va. Gov. McDonnell

April 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM   |   Comments

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RICHMOND, Va., April 30 (UPI) -- The FBI is investigating gifts from the head of a dietary supplement manufacturer to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, sources tell The Washington Post

The Post, citing "four people familiar with the questioning," reported Monday agents are looking into the relationship between McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, and Jonnie R. Williams Sr., chief executive officer of Star Scientific Inc. The company, based in Glen Allen, Va., makes dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals.

Williams, a McDonnell campaign contributor, paid for the food in 2011 when the McDonnells' daughter was married at the governor's mansion. The bill came to $15,000, and records show a $3,500 overpayment was refunded to Maureen McDonnell, the Post said.

The McDonnells also spent a vacation at Williams' lake house.

Star Scientific recently disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that some of its executives had received subpoenas.

The company does not appear to have received any financial aid from Virginia, the Post said. But Star Scientific held a lunch in 2011 at the governor's mansion to launch its supplement Anatabloc and Maureen McDonnell gave a talk at a meeting in Florida shortly before her daughter's wedding where she praised the supplement.

None of the parties involved would comment to the Post. In the past, McDonnell has said Williams is a friend and that he has done no more for the company than he would for any other in the state.

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