Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) is "terrified" of an indictment which The National Enquirer reported Wednesday is "imminent," relating to his use of campaign funds to cover up an extra-marital affair during his 2008 presidential run.

A grand jury has been investigating Edwards's use of the funds since April of last year, and the Enquirer quotes a friend of Edwards's saying that although the former candidate does not believe he did anything wrong, he fears that his case will be made an example of.

The tabloid has led the reporting of Edwards's affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, and its pursuit of the story has earned it an unexpected Pulitzer Prize nomination.