Ex-Virginia Governor, Wife, Charged With Felony Graft
Bob and Maureen McDonnell face 14 counts
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2014 3:34 PM CST
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell dances with his wife, Maureen, during his inaugural ball in Richmond in 2010.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – About the only upside for Bob McDonnell is that he avoided the indignity of being indicted while he was a sitting governor. Beyond that, it's pretty bleak. Federal authorities today charged the former Virginia governor and his wife, Maureen, with accepting illegal gifts from a prominent business owner, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The indictment, stemming from the McDonnells' relationship with Jonnie Williams, comes less than two weeks after McDonnell left office. It also alleges that the McDonnells lied to a financial institution. They face 14 felony counts in all.

The McDonnells have acknowledged accepting loans and gifts such as luxury vacations from Williams. "In exchange, authorities alleged that the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governorship to Williams's struggling company, a small former cigarette manufacturer that now sells dietary supplements," sums up the Washington Post. In a statement, the former governor says he regrets accepting "legal gifts and loans" from Williams and has paid everything back. "However, I repeat emphatically that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal generosity and friendship.”

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odement
Jan 22, 2014 7:09 PM CST
Absolute POS f******** criminals.How do you go from being broke to paying it all back in that short of time? There will never be enough campaign finance reform; as soon as rules are made they find new ways to cheat the system. These people are cockroaches.
Lefty_Libby
Jan 22, 2014 12:06 PM CST
Complete entitlement mentality. I exist, ergo I am owed. Bend over, guv. We need to probe your colon for contraband.
793tango
Jan 22, 2014 11:00 AM CST
I read another story on this where during the initial meeting after winning the election the donor offered to 'help' them and the governors wife said she needed an expesnive gown for the inaugeration. The donor offered to buy it for her but a staffer said it would be inapropriate to accept that. She eventually turned that down but later told the staffer that she and the guv had a crushing amount of credit card debt and 'needed help'. My first thought was.....gee why not do what wealthy republicans tell the poor; If you can't afford it you can't have it. Although to be fair, they don't refer to inaugural gowns by big name designers. They usually refer to things liike food and housing.