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When he had more to cheer about: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is introduced at the grand opening of the new NFL football Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va., on July 8.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted

RICHMOND, Va. – Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been indicted on federal corruption charges.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department, said McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday. The 14-count indictment includes conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges.

McDonnell left office earlier this month after four years in the governor’s office. Virginia law limits governors to a single term.

A federal investigation overshadowed the final months in office for this once-rising star of the Republican Party, with authorities looking into gifts he and his family received from a political donor.

In July, McDonnell apologized and said he had returned more than $120,000 in loans and other gifts from Johnnie Williams, the CEO of pharmaceutical company Star Scientific.

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