|Former VA governor Bob McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell found guilty of corruption.|
After the firing, Schneider informed law enforcement that the McDonnells had taken money from wealthy Star Scientific businessman Johnny Williams. Williams allegedly gave the McDonnells gifts to include a Rolex watch, paid for the wedding of the McDonnells' daughter, and for designer clothing for former first lady Maureen McDonnell.
The former first lady was found guilty on 9 of the 13 counts.
Throughout the trial that questioned the McDonnell's relationship with Williams, and each other, Bob McDonnell maintained his innocence.
A jury found the McDonnells guilty, however, and the pair will be sentenced on January 6, 2015 where they are expected to serve considerable time in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said of the convictions, "Today's convictions should send a message that corruption in any form, at any level of government, will not be tolerated.
McDonnell served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and as Virginia's Attorney General.
Caldwell said McDonnell's public service career was one of a "money-making enterprise."
Attorneys for the McDonnells say they will appeal next year's sentencing.
Richmond Times Dispatch coverage of trial
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