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Mrs. Young also said it was her understanding that her mother planned to buy 1,000 shares of Star Scientific stock for each of her five children as a wedding gift when they got married. The two spoke about it in 2011, but Mrs. Young said she and her husband didn’t open an account in which to deposit the shares until December 2012.

Prosecutors argue that Mrs. McDonnell divested her shares strategically, including giving 1,000 shares apiece to her children at one point, and then repurchased some in order to skirt investment disclosure laws.