Former Virginia Governor pleads 'not guilty' to bribery
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:11
Jan. 24 - A Rolex watch, wedding presents for their children and a $15,000 shopping spree are among the more then $135,000 in cash and gifts Republican Bob McDonnell and his wife are accused of accepting. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Once seen as a Republican contender for the White House, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was in federal court to answer to charges he accept bribes.
McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged with accepting more than $135,000 in loans and gifts from the CEO of Star Scientific, a company that makes dietary supplements.
They pleaded "not guilty" to the 14-count indictment and McDonnell --- in a statement --- said he would fight the "false allegations."
A $6,500 Rolex watch, wedding presents for their children, and a $15,000 shopping spree for Virginia's former First Lady were just some of the gifts listed in the indictment.
The couple was released on their own recognizance ahead of their July trial. If convicted, the McDonnells could face decades in prison and fines totaling well over $1 million.
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