Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged with illegally accepting gifts from a businessman who sought special treatment, the Associated Press reported.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department, says McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday. The 14-count indictment includes conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges.
The charges come from the couple's relationship with Jonnie R. Williams Sr., a former CEO of dietary supplement maker Star Scientific.
Authorities alleged the McDonnells lodged frequent requests for money, clothes, vacations and other gifts, the Washington Post reported. In exchange, the couple lent the prestige of the governorship to Williams' struggling company.
McDonnell has admitted accepting a $14,000 check from Williams to help pay for his daughter’s wedding. He also took more than $100,000 in loans for his real estate business while Maureen allegedly went on New York shopping sprees on Williams’ dime.
The former governor's legal team had asked federal prosecutors to wait until after his term ended. Democratic fundraiser Terry McAuliffe took office Jan. 11.