The Smith Mountain Lake mansion that Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams lent to his friend Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been sold.
Cuccinelli’s three stays at the house, two of which he originally neglected to disclose, came as Star was fighting a $1.8 million tax assessment from the state. Cuccinelli received a total of $18,000 in gifts from Williams, including some of Star’s products, a flight and the stays at Smith Mountain Lake. Cuccinelli also invested in Star, including one $10,000 investment after Star sued the state to overturn the tax assessment. He has said his office pursued that case, which has been pending for two years with only one response from the state to Star’s complaint, like any other.
Williams, who has been cooperating with investigations of his much larger-scale gift-giving to to Gov. Bob McDonnell, sold his 10-room, 4,400 square foot mansion on Upland Shores Drive for $2 million, courthouse records show. The property includes a boat house and covered dock.
He still owns a lot next door, assessed at $700,000, and with his son, a 9 room, 2,188 sq foot house, with boathouse and pier, according to Franklin County tax records.
The buyer is Nelson E. Link, a Roanoke financial adviser. Link has not been a donor to any Virginia political campaigns.
Dan Casey swung by the Lake a few months back, and offered this report.