BY JOE MARVILLI
Two aides who worked on the Mayoral campaign of Comptroller John Liu have been sentenced, ending a long investigation that had followed Liu throughout his run.
Jia “Jenny” Hou, the treasurer, received a 10-month jail sentence and faces the possibility of deportation. Xingwu “Oliver” Pan, the fundraiser, will spend four months in prison. Both sentences were the results of their roles in a straw donor scandal that supposedly funneled illegal contributions to Liu’s campaign fund.
In May, Pan was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and attempt to commit wire fraud. Hou was found guilty of attempted wire fraud, obstruction of justice and making false statements.
Hou was arrested in early 2012 and Pan was arrested in late 2011.
Liu, upset with the turn of events, strongly criticized the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the prosecution. The court case led the Campaign Finance Board to deny him matching public funds, severely damaging his Mayoral aspirations.
“For reasons I may never fully understand, the U.S. Attorney’s Office set out to destroy me with what has been described as an extraordinarily intrusive and exhaustive investigation. Failing to find that I had done anything wrong, they proceeded to set up a weak man and a wonderful young woman,” Liu said. “Jenny Hou does not deserve this ordeal and injustice she has been put through. I am very sad but even more angry at what has occurred. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was wrong and should not be proud of its conduct.”
Pan and Hou plan to appeal their convictions.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.