John Edwards Indicted for Illegal Campaign Contributions in Rielle Hunter Affair Cover Up
John Edwards, two-time presidential candidate, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using campaign contributions to keep his mistress, Rielle Hunter, hidden during his 2008 campaign.
The Associated Press reports that in the case of USA v. Johnny Reid Edwards, the Middle District of North Carolina returned the indictment on Friday.
John was indicted on six counts, which include counts of illegal campaign contributions, one count of false statements and one count of conspiracy.
A federal investigation had been underway for more than two years against John. He reportedly used political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle.
A spokeswoman for John declined to comment and said she wasn't aware of the filing.
John's wife, Elizabeth Edwards, stood by his side for three years when reports of an affair first surfaced, but they officially split in January 2010. Elizabeth died in December after a seven-year battle with breast cancer, leaving her three children with John behind.