Attorney: First lady bought Star Scientific stock

Attorney: First lady bought Star Scientific stock

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Attorney: First lady bought Star Scientific stock

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Posted on August 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 17 at 12:35 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell's private legal team says first lady Maureen McDonnell purchased stock in troubled nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific without the governor's knowledge.

Bill Burck, a Washington lawyer representing Maureen McDonnell in a federal probe of ties the governor and first lady had to the company and chief executive Jonnie Williams, said she bought company stock twice without telling her husband. Williams was a McDonnell campaign contributor.

Burck said she bought 6,000 shares, worth about $30,000, in the summer of 2011 for herself and her children, then sold it in December 2011 for about $15,000.

Burck says she repurchased the shares in January 2012.

The current disposition of the shares is not known.

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