Disgraced politician John Edwards has been indicted by a grand jury over $925,000 allegedly spent keeping his mistress and love child in hiding during his 2008 run for the White House.
The case, filed today against the 57-year-old, contains six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.
The indictment is the culmination of a two-year federal investigation that scoured through virtually every corner of Edwards' political career.
The indictment said the payments were a scheme to protect Edwards' White House ambitions.
'A centerpiece of Edwards' candidacy was his public image as a devoted family man,' the indictment said.
'Edwards knew that public revelation of the affair and the pregnancy would destroy his candidacy,' the indictment added.
Edwards' former campaign finance chairman Fred Baron donated $200,000 while Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon, the 100-year-old widow of banking heir Paul Mellon, gave $725,000, according to the indictment.
That money was used to pay for mistress Rielle Hunter's living and medical expenses and for chartered airfare, luxury hotels and rental for a house in Santa Barbara, California, to keep her and the couple's love child Quinn, now three, hidden from the public, it added.
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