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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and Wife Formally Charged in Gifts Scandal

Former Va. Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are charged with 14 felonies in the gift scandal that stained his administration. (File Photo)
Former Va. Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are charged with 14 felonies in the gift scandal that stained his administration. (File Photo)
By Rachel Hatzipanagos

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife have been formally charged in the gifting scandal that rocked his final months in office, the Washington Post reports.

Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are accused of receiving gifts in the form of lodging, clothing, and more.

The two were charged with a total of 14 felony counts that included wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obtaining property under color of their official office and conspiracy, the Post reports.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"I am obviously troubled by the charges that federal prosecutors have made against Governor McDonnell and his wife Maureen, and the message that this period in our history sends about how government in this Commonwealth is run," he said. "As this case progresses, it is my sincerest hope that justice will be served and that Virginians get the answers to which they are entitled."

"As Governor, I will remain focused on leading this Commonwealth in a way that restores Virginians’ trust in government and honors their expectation of transparency and accountability," his statement continued.

Read the full story on the Washington Post.

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