Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife Maureen have been indicted on federal corruption charges on Tuesday. Bob McDonnell and his wife stood charges for having allegedly accepting vacations, loans, and gifts from a businessman who reportedly wanted “special treatment” from the state of Virginia for his failing business, according to Fox News on Tuesday.
Included in the 14-count indictment are charges of wire fraud and conspiracy, as well as having made false statements in connection with the couple’s relationship to businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Williams was the chief executive of Star Scientific Inc. – a nutritional supplements manufacturer.
Arraignment of the McDonnells will be on Friday morning.
The former governor said, after the indictment was announced, that the allegations are false. He said he deeply regrets accepting legal gifts and loans, and he asserts that he takes full responsibility for his poor judgment.
In a statement, he said, “I repeat emphatically that I did nothing illegal for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal generosity and friendship.” He went on to state, “I never promised – and Mrs. Williams and his company never received – any government benefit of any kind from me or my administration. We did not violate the law, and I will use every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations.”
About a half-year ago, McDonnell said that he had repaid more than $120,000 that Williams had given his wife and a real estate business. The real estate business was owned by McDonnell and his sister.
Additionally, Williams paid some $15,000 for catering one of McDonnell’s daughter’s wedding three years ago. McDonnell said he did not disclose that because it was a present to a member of his family and not to an elected official.
Though he continually insists he didn’t break any laws, he apologized for having embarrassed the state of Virginia.
Virginia law only allows a governor one term, and McDonnell was out of the governorship earlier this month.
Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, won the November election.