01.24.147:18 PM ET

McDonnells Plead Not Guilty

Former Va. governor and wife charged with corruption for accepting gifts and bribes.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen pleaded
not guilty to 14 counts of federal corruption Friday. The McDonnell’s
have been charged with giving preferential treatment to a dietary
supplement company executive in exchange for personal loans and luxury
items. The couple allegedly accepted more than $165,000 worth of goods
from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of Star Scientific, Inc. This
included money for designer shopping sprees, catering for the
McDonnell's daughter’s wedding, and a private loan. The charges claim
that, in exchange, McDonnell promoted Star Scientifics’ products, and
set up a meeting between Williams and a state health official. The
McDonnell's have denied that their actions violate any laws, and say
there was no favoritism involved. If convicted, the couple faces up to
30 years in prison and $1 million in fines.