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Star Scientific CEO At Heart Of McDonnell Scandal Resigns; Company To Change Name

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This May 5, 2011 file photo provided by the office of the Governor of Virginia shows Jonnie Williams, left, and Maureen McDonnell during a reception for a NASCAR race at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Aug. 12, Gov. Bob McDonnell said he had returned gifts given to him and his family by Williams, the multimillionaire head of a struggling nutritional supplements company. McDonnell and first lady Maureen McDonnell counted Williams as a personal friend and welcome face at Virginia’s Executive Mansion until a federal probe soured the relationship.
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This May 5, 2011 file photo provided by the office of the Governor of Virginia shows Jonnie Williams, left, and Maureen McDonnell during a reception for a NASCAR race at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Aug. 12, Gov. Bob McDonnell said he had returned gifts given to him and his family by Williams, the multimillionaire head of a struggling nutritional supplements company. McDonnell and first lady Maureen McDonnell counted Williams as a personal friend and welcome face at Virginia’s Executive Mansion until a federal probe soured the relationship.

The head of the dietary supplement maker at the heart of a political scandal involving Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has stepped down. Star Scientific Incorporated says CEO Jonnie Williams and president Paul Perito resigned following Friday's shareholder meeting in D.C.

Both will stay on with the company for another year to help with litigation and products. The company announced their intentions to have Williams and Perito resign last month. 

Shareholders of Star Scientific voted to change the company's name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. It makes an anti-inflammatory supplement called Anatabloc.

Dr. Michael Mullan will replace Williams. Mullan is the CEO of the Roskamp Institute and Archer Pharmaceuticals Inc.

State and federal investigators are looking at whether Williams or his company received anything in return for loans and gifts he gave to McDonnell's family.

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