Former first lady of Honduras is sentenced to 14 years in jail for fraud.

TEGUCIGALPA- According to a judicial spokeswoman, a Honduran court on Wednesday sentenced the nation’s former first lady, Rosa Bonilla, to 14 years in jail on fraud and misappropriation of funds for social programmes charges.

Former first lady of Honduras is sentenced to 14 years in jail for fraud.
Former first lady of Honduras is sentenced to 14 years in jail for fraud. Credit – BBC News

 

According to the public ministry, Bonilla, the wife of the former president Porfirio Lobo, used funds intended for low-income children worth 12.2 million lempiras ($590,000 at the time) for personal credit card purchases, her children’s school costs, and real estate projects.

Juan Berganza, her attorney, declared he will challenge the verdict.

“The crimes of persistent fraud and theft of public funds intended for social initiatives have resulted in the sentencing of the former First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla to 14 years and one month in jail,” Carlos Silva, a Supreme Court spokesman

 

According to Carlos Silva, a spokesman for the Supreme Court of Justice, “The former First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla has been sentenced to 14 years and one month in jail for the offences of continuing fraud and misuse of public funds intended for social initiatives.”

In a prior trial, Bonilla had received a sentence of 58 years in jail; however, the Honduran Supreme Court overturned the verdict in the early months of 2020, claiming the trial was riddled with irregularities.

In March of this year, a lower court convicted Bonilla guilty and the Supreme Court ordered a retrial.

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