French ex-PM Fil­lon, wife guilty of fraud

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For­mer French Prime Min­is­ter Fran­cois Fil­lon was found guilty Mon­day in a fraud case of hav­ing used pub­lic funds to pay his wife and chil­dren more than €1 mil­lion ($1.13 mil­lion) since 1998 for work they never per­formed.

The cou­ple’s lawyers im­me­di­ately ap­pealed Mon­day’s ver­dict from the Paris court.

Fil­lon, 66, was sen­tenced to 5 years in pri­son, three of which were sus­pended, and a €375,000 (more than $423,000) fine. He is also banned from seek­ing elected of­fice for 10 years. He re­mains free pend­ing ap­peal.

His 64-year-old wife, Pene­lope Fil­lon, was found guilty as an ac­com­plice. She was given a 3-year sus­pended sen­tence and fined the same amount.

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