Former Honduran first lady receives a 14-year sentence for corruption

Former first lady Rosa Bonilla was given a 14-year prison term in Honduras for corruption.

According to the public ministry, Porfirio Lobo's ex-wife, Rosa Bonilla, wasted money intended for low-income children—about 12.2 million lempiras ($756,609)—on personal credit card payments, her kids' school costs, and home development.

During her husband Porfirio Lobo's term from 2010 to 2014, Bonilla wasted the equivalent of $590,000 in monies intended for underprivileged children on credit card bills, real estate, and the education of her children.

In a prior trial, Bonilla had received a sentence of 58 years in jail; however, the Honduran Supreme Court overturned the verdict in the early months of 2020, claiming the trial was riddled with irregularities.

After a military takeover removed the previous president, Manuel Zelaya, Bonilla's husband was elected in late 2009 and in office until 2014.

Since he left government, controversy has enveloped Bonilla's family and friends. Saul Escobar, her personal assistant, was also given a fraud-related prison term of seven years and three months on Wednesday.

A US judge sentenced the couple's son, Fabio Lobo, to 24 years in jail in 2017 after he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to bring cocaine into the US.

Saul Escobar, her personal assistant, was also given a fraud-related prison term of seven years and three months on Wednesday.