- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The personal finances of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were closely scrutinized in testimony at the couple’s corruption trial in federal court in Richmond.

Prosecutors on Wednesday cross-examined a defense witness who testified that the McDonnells were financially sound and were not desperate for cash that they received from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams.

Prosecutors say the McDonnells were financially desperate and agreed to accept more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for using their office to promote Star Scientific’s dietary supplements.

Under cross-examination, forensic accountant J. Allen Kosowsky acknowledged that the McDonnells had tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt and that their ability to escape it depended in large part on money from Williams.

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