Italian judge sentences former PM Berlusconi to community service for tax fraud

An Italian judge sentenced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year of part-time community service at a retirement community after being found guilty of tax fraud at his Mediaset mass media company.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   April 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM
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MILAN, Italy, April 15 (UPI) -- Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to community service Tuesday after a court found him guilty of tax fraud more than eight months earlier.

Berlusconi was originally given a four year sentence for tax fraud at his Mediaset mass media company, but the sentence term was commuted to a year in August 2013.

The judge released a statement Tuesday that Berlusconi would perform community service at a retirement home run by the Sacred Family Foundation near Milan "once a week and for a period of no less than four consecutive hours."

The 77-year-old former premier's attorneys were pleased with the sentencing, deeming it "balanced and satisfactory."

The former prime minister is also prohibited from holding public office for two years.

[The Guardian]

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