The 14 counts against ex-gov of Va., wife

RICHMOND  (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on 14 charges Tuesday that, if convicted, could result in punishments of decades in prison and fines of up to $1 million.

The indictment accuses the Republican and the former first lady of:

— 1 count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud.

— 3 counts of honest-services wire fraud.

— 1 count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right.

— 6 counts of obtaining property under color of official right.

— 1 count of making false statements to a federal credit union.

Bob McDonnell is also charged with one counting of making a false statement to a financial institution.

Maureen McDonnell is charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.

The false statement counts are punishable by up to 30 years and the rest are punishable by up to 20 years. Fines range from $250,000 to $1 million.



8 Responses to The 14 counts against ex-gov of Va., wife

  1. Bobby S

    January 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Typical Republican that turns out to be a crook. Although I am a bit surprised that it was McDonnell. More likely crooks would have been George Allen and Jim Gilmore.

    • Elizabeth

      January 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      “No Car Tax” Gilmore? How did that work out? I did not believe it in 1997. I have yet to have one year of No Car Tax either.

  2. Elizabeth

    January 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

    We, the people, have spent a fortune on this investigation and legal bills for the former Gov. He must now pay for it out of his own pocket. That is good and I am hopeful the truth comes out. The reports sound more like his wife was the biggest instigator in the dealings with Williams. The one I like the best is that she asked a “friend” to fly to New York on that “friend’s” private jet for a shopping spree the “friend” spends thousands of dollars and all of that for the promise to sit beside the Gov at a function. The McDonnell’s say Williams was just a generous friend and no strings were attached. Yet, they were pushing the Star Scientific products at functions and for state institutions to do clinical trials. Williams said he did believe he was doing it all for favors from the McDonnell’s. Which is it? The McDonnell’s could have reported all the gifts from their generous friend. The fired Chef could not have blabbed on them had they just been upfront with their haul.

    • Va Girl

      January 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Ahh…if only Michelle Obama had to pay the MILLIONS for vacations she’s taken with the kids and her friends/family tagging along.

  3. Va Girl

    January 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

    It’s simply a war on conservatives by liberals who do the same.

    A bit off, subject, but read the list of items acknowledged by the State Department that a few high-ranking Democrats have been given. I see no one seems to be complaining…or making sure they didn’t KEEP them:

    Foreign leaders gave lavish gifts to a number of U.S. officials last year, including the Saudi Arabian king, who gave Hillary Clinton diamond-and-ruby-encrusted jewels worth half a million dollars.k

    President Obama’s gifts came from various sources and included, but are not limited to:

    Large book of original artwork and photographs by artist Marilena Ferrari from former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (124,000 including other gifts)

    A gold-plated clock from Saudi Arabia ($16,500) Crystal bowl centerpiece from Ireland and 27-inch tall bronze statue of White House architect James Hoban ($7,246 including other gifts)

    41-inch saber from Mongolia ($440)

    Christmas mugs, coffee, and steak knives from Brunei ($594 including other gifts)

    Basketball autographed by Chinese President Xi Jinping ($740 including other gifts)

    Silver figure representing [an] oversized coffee bean from Colombia ($942 including other gifts)

    Leather wallet and tote bag from France ($1,473 including other gifts)

    Porcelain vase decorated with images of the White House and Kremlin from Russia ($3,460 including other gifts)

    Chest of liquor and a Coca-Cola bottle decorated with beads from Mexico ($2,788 including other gifts)

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s gifts included:

    Diamond-and-ruby-encrusted necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring from Saudi Arabia ($500,000)

    Gold, sapphire and diamond jewelry from Brunei ($58,000)

    Wine and silver tea set from Algeria ($3,773 including other gifts)

    Woven run from Afghanistan ($2,200)

    Two-piece bronze sculpture of a red chili pepper from Singapore ($540)

    Jewelry and golden pen set on a stand with a horse and human figurine from Kazakhstan ($1,500)

    Caviar and a wool carpet from Azerbaijan ($420 including other gifts)

    Cognac from Russian President Vladimir Putin ($560)

    Vice President Joe Biden’s gifts included:

    Silver knife and chopsticks from Mongolia (worth $940 including other gifts)

    Leather cigar box from Mexico (worth $390 including other gifts)

    A female bare-breasted bust from Liberia (worth $540 including other gifts)

    Former CIA Director David Petraeus’s gifts* included:

    Rolex watch ($6,500), white Fendi watch ($1,000), silver Valentino watch ($500)

    Four silk rugs (worth a total of $14,900)

    Model of a four-masted ship ($3,500) and model of a two-masted ship ($1,500)

    Sword ($2,500) and dagger ($1,500)

    Burberry cashmere scarf ($395)

    Bottle of wine from 2001 ($1,700)

    *The sources of Petraeus’s gifts were not disclosed by the State Department

    The gift-giving continues a long-held tradition of international diplomacy, in which dignitaries show their appreciation for one another by exchanging artwork, jewelry, electronics and other presents.

    Most of the items are required to be donated to the national archives, though a few may bought by the recipients. The Hill newspaper first reported on the gifts.

  4. Jennifer

    January 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    If they can find a politician out there that has not accepted gifts like these, I would be totally shocked!

  5. Elizabeth

    January 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Of course, they all accept gifts. Many have been brought down for doing it. However, the reason you can list those gifts is because someone reported them already. Michelle Obama’s vacations are publicized with her friends and kids in tow. I am not going to split hairs over who got what and who is just as bad as the next. It is not a liberal vs conservative conversation. The McDonnells were blabbed on by a disgruntled fired employee. It was not some liberal led witch hunt. No one cares. They just got caught up in the ex-Chef’s mess and just happened to be Republican. The political party does not matter.

  6. James B

    January 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    VA Girl sounds like a Republican shill and she doesen’t recognize the issue. The point is that all politicians are allowed to receive gifts and virtually all of them do. So what?

    What makes McDonnell’s actions illegal are:

    (1) he did not report them on his annual forms which make it against the law, (remember, you can receive a billion dollars in gifts and as long as you report them, it’s OK!), and

    (2) the gifts were in exchange for political favors of promoting the donor’s company.

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