French ex-Prime Minister François Fillon and his Welsh wife Penelope have been jailed over a “fake jobs” scandal, the BBC reports.
He was sentenced to five years in jail, three of them suspended, while she got three years’ jail suspended.
Each was also fined €375,000.
He was found to have paid his wife €831,400. The scandal torpedoed Fillon’s 2017 bid to become president. The center-right candidate’s ratings plunged when the allegations surfaced.
“The payment was disproportionate to the work done,” the chief judge said. “Mrs Fillon was hired for a position that was without use.”
She was also found guilty of complicity to embezzle and conceal public funds.