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Man sentenced for helping foreigner give to Obama committee

Posted: 8:01 PM, Sep 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-30 20:01:37-04

NEWARK, N.J. — A man who engineered an illegal contribution from a foreigner to a joint fundraising committee for President Barack Obama in 2012 has been sentenced to prison.

A federal judge in Newark sentenced William Argeros (ahr-JARE-ose) to a four-month term on Monday in addition to four months’ home confinement.

Argeros pleaded guilty in 2016 to making foreign contributions and lying to a grand jury. He had faced up to 24 months in prison under his plea agreement.

The sentencing judge said Monday she believed Argeros wasn’t trying to influence the U.S. election. U.S. law prohibits foreign nationals from making contributions to federal candidates.

Attorney John Azzarello said Argeros acted on behalf of a candidate for prime minister of Albania who wanted a photo taken with Obama.