The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia has reportedly charged former governor Robert McDonnell and his wife for illegally accepting more than $135,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of Star Scientific, which recently received a warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over therapeutic claims for its Antabloc dietary supplement. Additional informa- tion about the warning appears in Issue 17 of this Report.
According to a news source, McDonnell repaid more than $120,000 to former CEO Jonnie Williams, but characterized the gifts and loans as legal. He has vowed to fight what he calls “false allegations” of wire fraud, conspiracy and obtaining property under the auspices of his official duties. See USA Today, January 21, 2014.