On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell was indicted along with his wife on charges of accepting illegal gifts. It is a 14 count indictment, following a lengthy investigation that alleges fraud, false statements, and obstruction.
In light of these recent allegations, we have compiled a list of 20 other notable politicians who have been arrested, indicted or convicted since 2000.
Rowland resigned from office and later pleaded guilty to one-count of deprivation of honest services on December 23, 2004.
Rowland was allegedly using public funds to pay for vacations and other extravagences. He served 10 months in a federal prison.
The former congressman was sentenced to four years in prison on October 12, 2005 for conspiring to defraud taxpayers.
The congressman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion on Nov. 28, 2005.
Siegelman was found guilty of bribery, mail fraud and obstruction of justice on June 29, 2006. He was sentenced to 88 months in prison.
On Sept. 6, 2006 the former governor was sentenced to prison on fraud and racketeering charges.
The Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Plame Affair on March 6, 2007. His sentence was later commuted by President George W. Bush.
The former senator was arrested on June 11, 2007 for "lewd conduct" in a public restroom.
The scandal eventually led to his retirement from the Senate, thus ending his career in politics.
The former New York City police Commisioner was indicted on charges of conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements on November 8, 2007.
The late senator was indicted on seven criminal charges of failing to report gifts on July 29, 2008.
According to the Huffington Post, Stevens was "the first sitting U.S. senator to face federal indictment since 1993."
In April 2009, however, Stevens' indictment was overturned, vacating his conviction. Federal judge Emmet G. Sullivan determined that information had been withheld that could have exonerated Stevens.
The former congressman was convicted of 11 counts of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison on November 13, 2009. This was after the FBI seized $90,000 from Jefferson's home freezer.
The former mayor of Birmingham was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering, and filing false tax returns on March 5, 2010.
The former mayor of Hartford, Conn. was sentenced to eight years in prison on five corruption charges on September 14, 2010.
On June 3, 2011, the former presidential hopeful was indicted by a North Carolina grand jury on six felony charges, including four counts of collecting illegal campaign contributions, one count of conspiracy and one count of making false statements. He was later found not guilty and the Justice Department finally dropped all charges.
NOTE: The senator was arrested and indicted, but never convicted.
The former governor was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Dec. 7, 2011 on 18 corruption convictions, including trying to sell a senate seat that became vacant when the nation elected President Barack Obama.
The senator was arrested on Dec. 22, 2012 for drunk driving.
Crapo's arrest was particularly damaging to his political career because of his reputation as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"Crapo’s real punishment ... is linked less to the severity of his transgression than the degree to which his crime clashed with the squeaky-clean image of Mormon politicians that Mitt Romney personified over the past year," The Washington Post wrote at the time of the incident.
On June 12, 2013, Renzi was convicted on 17 of 32 counts in a corruption case, accusing him of using his office for personal financial gain.
The former mayor of Detroit was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Oct. 10, 2013 for corruption.
According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, the investigation that ultimately took down Kilpatrick spanned a decade and "also has resulted in convictions against 33 other people."
The democrat congressman reported to prison on Oct. 29, 2013 after being convicted of illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items.
The congressman was convicted of misdemeanor possession of cocaine on November 19, 2013.
Radel's arrest seemed particularly ironic considering the congressman's support of mandated drug tests for welfare recipients.
On Jan. 27, 2014, Radel resigned from Congress.