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Clinton Friend Trie Sentenced

November 1, 1999

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Presidential friend Yah Lin ``Charlie″ Trie was sentenced today to four months of home detention and three years of probation for violating campaign finance laws.

Trie, 50, also was fined $5,000 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

The sentence followed Trie’s guilty pleas in May to a felony count of causing the Democratic National Committee to make a false report to the Federal Election Commission and to a misdemeanor charge of making $5,000 in political contributions in the names of others.

U.S. District Judge George Howard Jr. imposed a stiffer term than prosecutors had recommended for the former Little Rock restaurateur. Prosecutors had suggested probation because of Trie’s support of a federal investigation of campaign fund-raising.

Howard said he tacked on the additional sanctions because of concerns that Trie and others who violate federal campaign finance laws ``compromise the integrity and the virtue of this great nation.″

In exchange for Trie’s cooperation, prosecutors dropped indictments in Washington and Arkansas. Those indictments accused Trie of arranging illegal campaign donations to the DNC from Chinese businessmen in an effort to curry favor with Clinton for himself and others and of attempting to obstruct a Senate investigation.

Immediately after entering his plea in May, Trie was served with a subpoena to appear before a House committee looking into campaign finance abuses.

Howard said Trie must divulge his personal and business records and cannot open any new lines of credit without his probation officer’s approval.

The judge delayed imposition of the home detention until Jan. 24 to give Trie time to travel to Taiwan with his daughter to grieve the death of Trie’s wife.

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