Making false statements on bank loan papers is a felony, one of the charges in the multiple-count indictment in the McDonnell case.
Sessoms, who described himself as a longtime friend and political supporter of McDonnell, is president of
In 2012, the governor submitted an application to renew the loan. Documents entered into evidence today show that the personal financial statement he submitted with the application failed to list any loans from Williams.
By that time, Williams had given the McDonnells two
Sessoms testified that the governor never told him about the Williams loans.
According to earlier testimony today,
In his interview with the first lady in
According to online biographies, McDonnell left
Williams testified last week that he first met
When Hagan asked the first lady about the
Hagan said that on his way out from the interview, he asked the first lady for a copy of the loan agreement and she said she would try to get it from Williams.
Her answer about a written agreement contradicted what he had been told three weeks earlier by Williams, Hagan said. In addition, he said, he had examined the first lady's bank records and found no record of any payments to Williams.
Hagan's testimony was corroborated by
The McDonnells are charged with soliciting more than
Later today, the jury heard testimony from
He said the first lady offered several times to pay for the work, but his brother told him he would pay for it.
After the investigation of the McDonnells became public,
Earlier today, Dr.
Williams had requested a meeting to discuss his company's tobacco-based diet supplement Anatabloc, Vetrovec said. When the two met at the medical school, he said, Williams asked: "How much time do you have?"
"I said, 'Thirty minutes.'
"He said, 'Make it 45. The governor's wife makes really nice cookies, and she's made some for us. Let's go over there."
Williams then drove him to the governor's mansion, Vetrovec said. That's when he discovered that an event was being held there to honor
At Williams' request, Vetrovec said,
The director was "very personable," he said.
"It was a most unusual event," Vetrovec said. "You just don't know what's going to happen every morning when you get up."
Williams was hoping to persuade Vetrovec to participate in scientific studies of Anatabloc that could have led to federal approval of the product as a prescription drug.
He looked into the possibility, but ultimately never initiated the research, Vetrovec said.
"Did you ever get a cookie?" defense attorney
"No," Vetrovec said.
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