Sept. 4, 2014
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been convicted in a public corruption case that accused them of conspiring to use his office to promote a businessman's product in exchange for gifts.
A federal jury in Richmond returned the verdict Thursday afternoon after a five-week trial and deliberating for three days.
Here are the allegations involved in each charge:
-Count One, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of conspiracy, specifically of conspiring to defraud the voters of Virginia of the honest services they were due from the governor's office. It alleged that McDonnell and the governor's office provided "favorable official action" for Star Scientific as opportunities arose, including arranging meetings for Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams with state officials, and hosting an event at the governor's mansion designed to encourage university researchers to conduct studies on the active ingredient in Star's tobacco-based health supplement, Anatabloc. In exchange, the McDonnells allegedly enriched themselves by receiving more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.
-Count Two, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of committing honest services fraud, not just conspiring to do so. It relates specifically to a $15,000 check from the Williams-controlled Starwood Trust to a catering company in May 2011 that paid costs associated with the wedding of the McDonnells' daughter Cailin.
-Count Three, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of honest services fraud and relates specifically to a $50,000 loan check in March 2012 from Williams, via Starwood Trust, to MoBo Real Estate Partners, a joint venture between Bob McDonnell and his sister in which they rented out vacation homes in Virginia Beach.
-Count Four, Bob Guilty, Maureen Acquitted: Accused the McDonnells of honest services fraud and relates to a second loan check for $20,000 in May 2012 from Starwood to MoBo.
-Count Five, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of conspiring to obtain property under color of official right, meaning they used the governor's office to obtain things that McDonnell was not due to receive as governor. Like the other conspiracy count, it is not linked to a specific item the McDonnells received.
-Count Six, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of obtaining property under color of official right, and relates to a $50,000 loan from Williams, via Starwood Trust, to Maureen McDonnell in May 2011.
-Count Seven, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of obtaining property under color of official right and relates to the $15,000 catering check Williams wrote, via Starwood, for Cailin McDonnell's wedding.
-Count Eight, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of obtaining property under color of official right and relates to $2,380 in greens fees, food and merchandise from a golf outing that Bob McDonnell, his two sons, and a future son-in-law took at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot on Williams' tab.
-Count Nine, Bob Guilty, Maureen Aquitted: Accused the McDonnells of obtaining property under color of official right and relates to $1,424 in greens fees, caddie fees, dining expenses and merchandise at Kinloch paid for by Williams.
-Count 10, Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of obtaining property under color of official right and relates to a $50,000 loan from Williams, via Starwood Trust, to MoBo.
-Count 11, Bob Guilty, Maureen Acquitted: Accused the McDonnells of obtaining property under color of official right and relates to the $20,000 loan from Williams, via Starwood Trust, to MoBo.
-Count 12, Bob Acquitted: Accused Bob McDonnell, not his wife, of making a false statement to a financial institution by failing to disclose a $50,000 loan from Williams on a loan application to TowneBank.
-Count 13, Not Guilty: Accused the McDonnells of making a false statement to a financial institution by failing to disclose the $120,000 in loans they received from Jonnie Williams on a loan application to Pentagon Federal Credit Union.
-Count 14, Maureen Guilty: Accused Maureen McDonnell, not her husband, of obstructing a federal grand jury by returning to Williams the clothing he had purchased for her in New York City, along with a handwritten note suggesting they had a previous agreement that she would return the apparel so Williams could give it to his daughters or to charity.
The former governor put his head in his hands and sobbed as the verdict was read around in court. Three of the McDonnell children were in the courtroom for the verdict and wailed as each guilty verdict was read aloud.
Bob McDonnell did not make any official comment leaving the courthouse surrounded by supporters and the media, but did say, "All my trust remains in the Lord".
Lead defense attorney, Hank Asbill, told CBS19 that he was very disappointed with the verdict and will make plans to appeal. Maureen McDonnell was tearful but more composed than her husband during the verdict. She left the courthouse separate from her husband. Her attorneys said they were shocked by the verdict.
The lead prosecutor in the case, Michael Dry, did not make any comment leaving the courthouse, but the lead FBI investigator in the case had this to say about corruption in the Commonwealth.
“This case sends send an important message. The FBI will engage, and engage vigorously, any credible allegations of corruption. Public corruption is the FBI's criminal investigative priority and cases like this certainly are important to our agency and the community.”
Both Bob and Maureen McDonnell face decades in prison. A jury will not recommend a sentence. In federal court it's up to a judge.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 6. The McDonnells must meet with a probation officer in the meantime.