Trie gets harsher-than-expected sentence
November 1, 1999
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LITTLE ROCK (CNN) -- Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie, a longtime friend and political contributor of President Bill Clinton, was sentenced in federal court Monday to three years probation, including four months home detention, for violating federal campaign finance laws.
"Charlie" Trie was sentenced to three years probation Monday
Trie, who had pleaded guilty in May, also was fined $5,000 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. As part of a plea bargain, Trie had pleaded guilty to one felony count of causing the Democratic National Committee to make a false report with the Federal Election Commission.
He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making political contributions in the names of others by arranging "straw contributors" who were reimbursed.
Federal prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge George Howard Jr. to sentence Trie only to probation without detention because of his cooperation in the ongoing campaign finance investigation.
Trie was a restaurateur in Little Rock while Clinton was governor of Arkansas.
Court officials said Trie would be allowed to travel to Taiwan to deal with family matters before beginning his home detention on January 24, 2000.