Former U.S. House Majority Leader sentenced to three years in jail for money laundering

January 11, 2011 9:51 am 

HOUSTON, Jan. 11 — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for his role in a money laundering scheme, U.S. media reported.

A Texas judge sentenced DeLay to three years on a conspiracy charge and five years in prison for money laundering, according to the report.

However, the judge allowed DeLay to accept a 10-year probation on the money laundering charge, assuming he meets certain conditions set by the court.

DeLay, who used to be one of the most powerful Republicans in the House of Representatives, was convicted in November last year on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The case was brought in 2005 by then-District Attorney Ronnie Earle. Prosecutors accused DeLay and his two political aides of illegally channeling 190,000 U.S. dollars in corporate donations into the legislative races in 2002 through a money swap.

The funds went to seven Texas House candidates. Texas law bars the use of corporate donations to finance political campaigns.

DeLay resigned from Congress in 2006. (PNA/Xinhua)

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