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Ex-Va. governor says he should have revealed gifts

August 22, 2014
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he should have disclosed some of the gifts from a wealthy vitamin entrepreneur on a yearly financial disclosure form.

McDonnell testified Friday at his corruption trial in Richmond. He says he should have disclosed a golf bag emblazoned with the Notre Dame logo and two golf outings Williams paid for in 2011. As governor, McDonnell was required to file a yearly disclosure of his income, debts and gifts.

The former governor says that the omissions were not intentional and that he was not trying to keep Williams' gifts hidden from the public.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former Star Scientific Inc. CEO in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

 
 

 

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