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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell's sister testifies: Money for rental properties was no problem

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    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, tries to move through the throng of media as he and his attorney, John Brownlee, left, arrive at federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell is presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press)

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    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, arrives at federal court with his attorney Henry Asbill in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. McDonnell is presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press)

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    A reporter asks former Virginia first lady, Maureen McDonnell, second from right, a question as she arrives at federal court with daughter Cailin Young, right, and her attorney Heather Martin, second from left, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Richmond, Va. The McDonnells are presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press)

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    Former Virginia first lady, Maureen McDonnell, left, talks with her Daughter Cailin Young, center, and her attorney Heather Martin, as they arrive at federal court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The McDonnells are presenting the second day of his defense on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (The Associated Press)

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's sister says she had plenty of money to support a struggling real estate venture that has been an issue in her brother's public corruption trial.

Prosecutors say financial problems with two Virginia Beach rental homes drove McDonnell and his wife to take loans from a wealthy businessman who was seeking state-backed research on a dietary supplement made by his company.

But the sister, Maureen C. McDonnell, testified Monday that she earned about $560,000 in 2012 and could easily pay bills on the properties.

Bob McDonnell and his wife, also named Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for using their office to promote Star's tobacco-based nutritional supplement.

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