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Federal indictment details designer gifts and McDonnell's financial situation

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Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are facing 14 counts of federal charges.

For months his relationship with former CEO of Star Scientific, Johnnie Williams, has made headlines.

Now, a 40-page federal indictment details the interactions between the first family and the owner of the health supplements company.

At 7 o'clock Tuesday evening, just a few hours after news broke of the federal indictments being handed down, the former governor with his family by his side took the podium to maintain his innocence.

Federal prosecutors filed criminal corruption charges against the McDonnells for allegedly accepting gifts illegally.

The charges stem from state and federal inquiries into the couple's relationship with prominent donor, Johnnie Williams.

"I repeat again emphatically that I did nothing illegal, for Mr. Williams in exchange for what I believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. I never promised, and Mr. Williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration," McDonnell explained.

WSLS sifted through the more than 40-page indictment, in which prosecutors say Williams showered the McDonnells with gifts and loans.

Inside, prosecutors detail a New York shopping trip in which Williams bought former First Lady, Maureen McDonnell an $11,000 Oscar de la Renta dress, in addition to spending nearly $5,700 at Louis Vuitton and $2,600 at Bergdorf Goodman.

The papers say, in exchange for those designer gifts, Williams was seated next to the governor at an event that evening.

"While I deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from Mr. Williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. I have apologized for my poor judgment and I accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans," said McDonnell.

While he was front and center, standing before the cameras Tuesday, the former first lady is prominent throughout the indictment.

An email she sent to one of the governor's senior staff member in 2009 illustrates the family's financial situation.

"I need to talk to you about the inaugural clothing budget.  I need answers and Bob is screaming at me about the thousands I’m charging up in credit card debt.  We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already, and this inaugural is killing us!!"

The next public sighting for the McDonnell's could be their scheduled court appearance this Friday.

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