WASHINGTON - Thursday, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly accepting gifts from a company that needed government help for their business.
Reuters is reporting that the McDonnells are accused of taking gifts from the head of supplements-maker Star Scientific Inc including cash, golf fees and clothing in exchange for arranging company executives to meet government officials.
The McDonnells, both 59 years old, believe they have done nothing illegal and plan to fight the charges in court, they said in separate statements through their lawyers.
"We did not violate the law, and I will use every available resource and advocate I have for as long as it takes to fight these false allegations," Robert McDonnell said in his statement. He left office this month after four years in the job.
In Illinois, there's speculation charges of crony capitalism would be shrugged off and labeled "The Chicago Way."