Rosa Bonilla, who used to be the first lady of Honduras, was put in jail because she spent more than $756,000 on credit cards and school fees.
The former First Lady of Honduras was found guilty of fraud and taking money meant for social programs without permission. She was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
The public ministry says that Rosa Bonilla, the wife of former president Porfirio Lobo, used 12,2 million lempiras ($756,609) that were meant for low-income children to pay her credit card bills, pay for her children’s school fees, and build a house.
Juan Berganza, her lawyer, said he would try to change the sentence.
Carlos Silva, a spokesman for the Supreme Court of Justice, said, “The former first lady Rosa Elena Bonilla has been sentenced to 14 years and one month in prison for the crimes of continued fraud and misappropriation of public funds meant for social programs.” This is because she kept committing fraud and stole money that was meant for social programs.
In an earlier trial, Bonilla was sentenced to 58 years in prison, but the Honduran Supreme Court overturned that verdict in early 2020, saying it was full of mistakes.
The Supreme Court told a lower court to try Bonilla again. That court found him guilty in March of this year.
After a military coup got rid of Manuel Zelaya, Bonilla’s husband was elected in late 2009 and stayed in office until 2014.
In 2017, a US court sentenced the couple’s son, Fabio Lobo, to 24 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring cocaine into the US.