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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, at one point had $90,000 in credit card debt.
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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, at one point had $90,000 in credit card debt.

In the ongoing corruption trial for ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, an FBI agent testified that the couple once had more than $90,000 in credit card debt and that a family real estate partnership was operating at a loss.

Prosecutors began wrapping up their case today, calling FBI agent David Hulser to the stand to pull their threads of their case together. Hulser underscores the government's case that the McDonnells were in dire financial straits when they did favors for the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

Hulser testified that the McDonnells owed nearly $75,000 on credit cards when McDonnell was inaugurated in January 2010, adding an email that said they were broke and that the inaugural was killing them financially. The debt increased to more than $90,000 by September 2010 before falling to just over $31,000 in April 2011.

"I think the prosecution has finished very strongly here," says Rich Kelsey, assistant dean of the George Mason School of Law. "They have begun to connect the dots, and more importantly, they started with a witness whose credibility was suspect but they are finishing with someone who, as a member of the FBI, is imbued with credibility."

The defense is expected to start next week.

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