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French former prime minister, wife found guilty of fraud

Jun 29, 2020 21:04 IST

A Paris court on Monday found former French prime minister Francois Fillon guilty of having used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they never performed. The work had brought the family more than 1 million euros since 1998. 66 year old Fillon, 66, sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended, and a 375,000 euro fine. He is also banned from seeking elected office for 10 years. He remains free pending appeal. His wife, Penelope Fillon, was found guilty as an accomplice. She was given a three-year suspended sentence and fined the same amount. The couple have denied any wrongdoing and plan to appeal the decision.

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