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  French court finds ex-Prime Minister Francois Fillon guilty of fraud
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jun 29, 2020 11:29am
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News DateMonday, June 29, 2020 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA French court on Monday found former premier Francois Fillon guilty of charges of creating a fake job for his wife, using taxpayer money.

Fillon, 66, was accused of creating a position that paid his wife over €1 million ($1.13 million) in public funds — a charge that cost him his 2017 presidential bid. Fillon's wife, Penelope, was also found guilty of being complicit in the case.

Read more: France's ex-premier Francois Fillon to face trial over fake jobs

Fillon was sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended, as well as a €375,000 fine. He has also been banned from running for elected office for 10 years. His wife was handed a three year suspended sentence and fined the same amount.

Shortly after the ruling, their lawyer announced they would appeal the sentence.
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