McDonnell could take the stand today in corruption trial

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Associated Press & 13News Now

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Live coverage of the McDonnell trial

RICHMOND (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.

The accountant testified yesterday that the McDonnells and the former governor's sister were financially sound. That's contrary to what Maureen McDonnell reportedly told a wealthy donor.

McDonnell also said he looked forward to taking the stand ‘very soon’ while leaving court Tuesday.  That could come as soon as today.

As he walked in this morning, McDonnell said it's always better to be on offense than defense.

A man wearing a mask was holding a sign calling the McDonnells poster children for "Money OCD"

13News Now Reporter Nick Ochsner will be in the courtroom today and will be tweeting up-to-the-minute updates on our live blog.

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