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Former Democratic fund-raiser John Huang pleads guilty

From Correspondent Terry Frieden
Democratic Party fund-raiser John Huang arrives for a hearing in Washington on October 19, 1996  

August 12, 1999
Web posted at: 9:56 a.m. EDT (1356 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, August 12) -- Former Democratic fund-raiser John Huang pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony conspiracy charge for violating campaign finance laws and was sentenced to one year of probation, the Justice Department announced.

U.S. District Judge Richard Paez ordered Huang to pay a $10,000 fine and serve 500 hours of community service. Huang must also continue to cooperate with the Justice Department's Campaign Finance Task Force.

Huang, a former executive of the Indonesia-based Lippo Group, pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired with other employees to defraud the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). The employees were reimbursed for their political donations with corporate funds.

The Justice Department said Huang was responsible for arranging about $156,000 in illegal campaign contributions from Lippo Group employees to mostly Democratic Party political committees.

The Democratic Party has already returned more than $1 million in donations that Huang funneled to political campaigns from the Asian-American community.

Huang made his court appearance in Los Angles. His attorney, Ty Cobb, said Huang planned to perform his community service by educating Asian Americans about how to get in U.S. politics.


Thursday, August 12, 1999

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