Ex-Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, wife charged in gift scandal

5:13 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
Former Governor Bob McDonnell at a Mitt Romney campaign event in 2012.
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(USA TODAY) -- Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday for illegally accepting gifts and loans from a political donor.

The 13 charges against the couple were outlined in a document filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia that details how the McDonnell and his wife accepted more than $135,000 in gifts and loans, trips and other items from Jonnie Williams Sr., former CEO of Star Scientific

In exchange, the documents said, McDonnell and his wife promoted a dietary supplement made by the company.

McDonnell last year repaid more than $120,000 to Williams and apologized for bringing "embarrassment" to the state.

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