McDonnell and wife charged in gifts scandal
They also bookmark a dubious new chapter in Virginia history: McDonnell is aaa replica designer handbags the first former governor to be indicted for conduct while in office.
The McDonnells are scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court Friday morning when their arraignment is 1:1 replica handbags scheduled, a striking fall from grace for a Republican figure once considered a possible 2016 presidential contender.
In a statement released by his lawyers Tuesday, McDonnell said he “did not violate the law.” Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags He again apologized for the episode and has steadfastly maintained that he never gave special treatment to Star Scientific or Williams.
The former governor also promised to “use every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations, and to prevail against this unjust overreach of the federal government.”
In a brief public appearance Tuesday evening, McDonnell reiterated those sentiments. He appeared with his wife, daughter and son in law and did not take any questions after, including whether prosecutors offered him a plea agreement. attorney’s office alleges the McDonnells used the former governor’s position “to enrich themselves and their family members” by soliciting more than $135,000 in payments such as replica designer handbags gifts, loans, thousands of dollars worth of golf outings and other items of value.
In exchange, prosecutors say the governor arranged a meeting between Williams with officials, hosted events at the governor’s mansion to encourage Virginia university researchers to study Star products and encouraged physicians to suggest them to patients.
The indictment further alleges that McDonnell and his wife tried to conceal from the public their relationship with Williams and misled government investigators about it. For instance, it says that McDonnell tried to route things of value through his family and personal business interests to avoid disclosing items he had received.
And it claims that McDonnell last February signed loan paperwork submitted to a lender without disclosing loans taken from Williams.
The indictment charges McDonnell and his wife, both 59, each with one count of conspiracy to commit wire cheap replica handbags fraud; three counts of wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of their official office; six counts of obtaining property under color of official name; and one count of making high quality replica handbags china false statements to a federal credit union.
The former governor also is charged with an additional count of making a false statement to a financial institution, and Maureen McDonnell is charged with one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.
The 43 page indictment is the government’s detailed chronicle of a four year relationship the McDonnells had with Williams, beginning with Bob McDonnell’s use of Williams’ jet during his campaign for governor as early as March 2009 eight months before he was elected governor.
A month later 1:1 replica handbags , the indictment alleges louis vuitton copy bags uk , the McDonnells cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk attended a political event at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City https://www.dolabuy.su/ , where they met with Williams. Maureen McDonnell later told one of her husband’s senior staffers that Williams had agreed to buy her a designer dress by Oscar de la Renta for her husband’s inauguration.
The staffer told her that would be inappropriate, whereupon she “became upset,” the indictment says.
She sent the staffer an email saying: “I need to talk to you about Inaugural clothing budget. I need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I’m charging up in credit card debt. We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already, and this Inaugural is killing us!! I need answers and I need help, and I need to get this done.”
Maureen McDonnell subsequently told Williams she couldn’t accept the dress at that time, but would take a “rain check,” according to the indictment.
In October 2010, the indictment says, Williams let the governor use his jet to fly to a political event in California and flew back to Richmond with him. Williams used the opportunity to tout the health benefits of his company’s products and stressed the need for scientific studies to demonstrate them.
The governor allegedly told Williams he would put him replica louis vuitton bags from china in touch with the state secretary of health and human resources, Dr. William Hazel. A few days later, a McDonnell staffer emailed Hazel, “(T)he Governor would like you to review the attached,” and included a copy of a news release from Williams’ company announcing clinical trials of anatabine for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Anatabine is an alkaloid in the tobacco plant.
Soon after, in a meeting arranged by a McDonnell staffer, Williams met with Hazel to discuss the health benefits of replica louis vuitton handbags Star Scientific’s products. Hazel was skeptical of his claims, the indictment says, because the products had not been scientifically proven to be effective. He declined Williams’ suggestion that he visit the Roskamp Institute, a Florida based research group with financial ties to Star Scientific that had begun scientific studies of anatabine.
In April 2011, the indictment says, Maureen McDonnell decided to cash her “rain check,” asking Williams to take her shopping in New York for the Oscar de la Renta dress. She and her husband would be attending a political event there, she explained, and she would ensure that Williams would be seated next to the governor.
Maureen McDonnell told Williams she needed dresses and accessories for her daughter’s upcoming wedding and for her and her husband’s upcoming anniversary party, the indictment says. Williams accompanied her as she spent $10,999 at Oscar de la Renta, $5,685 at Louis Vuitton and $2,604 at Bergdorf Goodman. As promised, Williams was seated next to the governor at the event that evening.
In May 2011, the indictment alleges, in a private meeting at the Governor’s Mansion, Maureen McDonnell confided in Williams that she and her husband were having severe financial difficulties. She could help Star Scientific, she said, but she needed his financial assistance, asking for a $50,000 loan.
Maureen McDonnell also told Williams that she didn’t know how she and her husband would pay for their daughter’s upcoming wedding, the indictment says. Later, the governor explained the couple’s financial difficulties to Williams, saying income from their rental properties in Virginia Beach wasn’t covering the expenses. replica louis vuitton Williams agreed to make a $50,000 loan at 5 percent interest, saying no paperwork was necessary.
In June Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags 2011, the indictment says, Maureen McDonnell bought 6,000 shares of Star Scientific stock and flew on Williams’ private plane to the Roskamp Institute in Florida, where she announced she was making the Governor’s Mansion available for the official launch of Star’s product, Anatabloc.
That summer, the McDonnell family vacationed at Williams’ multimillion dollar home on Smith Mountain Lake, the indictment says. Maureen McDonnell called ahead to ask if Williams’ Ferrari could be made available for the governor’s use, and it was.
Shortly afterward, according to the indictment, the governor initiated a meeting at the Governor’s Mansion attended by his wife, Williams and one of Secretary Hazel’s deputies. At the meeting, Williams pushed the idea of clinical trials of Anatabloc at two state medical schools, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. He also suggested using state employees as a control group for such studies.
Around that time, according to the indictment, Williams bought a Rolex watch for the governor at his wife’s request. Not long afterward, the McDonnells hosted the Anatabloc launch at the Governor’s Mansion.
In September 2011, Maureen McDonnell allegedly told her broker that she wanted to get the Star Scientific stock shares out of her name in order to avoid annual disclosure requirements, the indictment says. She suggested the shares could be given to her children.