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Ex-governor of Virginia in court on bribery charges

Ex-governor of Virginia in court on bribery charges

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife are scheduled to make their first court appearances on federal bribery charges on Friday.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged this week in a 14-count indictment with accepting bribes from the chief executive of a dietary supplements maker, Star Scientific Inc.

The pair are scheduled to make an initial appearance and be arraigned in federal court, a court filing shows.

McDonnell – who left office this month and was once seen as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016 – and his wife are alleged to have accepted gifts that included cash, golf fees and clothing, the grand jury indictment said. In exchange, they arranged for Star Scientific executives to meet government officials who could help their business, it said.

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