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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Wife Charged For Illegally Accepting Gifts From Wealthy Businessman

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the 2014 General Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. McDonnell leaves office on Saturday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen were charged in federal court Tuesday for illegally accepting gifts, according to The Washington Post.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the 2014 General Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP/Steve Helber)

The gifts, from wealthy dietary supplement businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. who was allegedly seeking special treatment from the state government, included luxury vacations and large loans, the Post reported.

In exchange, McDonnell allegedly used the prestige of the governorship to help Williams' struggling business.

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