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Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell indicted

Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell has been charged with 14 counts of accepting illegal gifts.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Jan. 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM   |   Comments

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Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was indicted in federal court Tuesday on charges of illegally accepting gifts from donors.

According to documents filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, allegedly accepted $135,000 in gifts from Jonnie Wiliams Sr., the former CEO of Star Scientific.

McDonnell last year repaid $120,000 to Williams, apologizing for bringing "embarrassment" to the state but denying any legal wrongdoing.

"I deeply regret accepting legal gifts and loans from Mr. Williams, all of which have been repaid with interest, and I have apologized for my poor judgment, for which I take full responsibility," McDonnell said in a statement released Tuesday. "However, I repeat emphatically that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal generosity and friendship."

The McDonnell's were alleged to have begun accepting gifts from Williams even before the governor took office, including trips aboard Williams' jet and offering dinners at the governor's mansion.

[USA Today]

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