Virginia ex-governor, wife found guilty in corruption trial
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 01:02
A federal jury finds former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife guilty of corruption for accepting loans and gifts from a businessman to endorse his healthcare products. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife have been found guilty on various corruption charges.
A federal jury found McDonnell, a Republican, guilty of 11 out of 14 charges.
His wife, Maureen, was convicted of nine of 14 counts, including obstruction of justice.
The charges stem from more than $175,000 in loans and gifts the couple accepted from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. to endorse his healthcare products.
Prosecutors say the couple conspired to use the governor's office to promote Williams' company and the FBI says today's verdict sends a strong message.
SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED FBI OFFICIAL FROM PROSECUTING TEAM:
"Public corruption is the FBI's top criminal case priority and cases like these are extremely important to the agency and to the community."
The McDonnell's were living separately during the trial and say they're estranged.
A guilty verdict on ALL charges could have meant a 20 year prison sentence.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 6.
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