Comptroller Liu’s Ex-Treasurer Gets 10 Months

NEW YORK -

A former campaign treasurer for City Comptroller John Liu, a former Democratic mayoral candidate, was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in prison following her conviction in May for attempted wire fraud and obstructing justice.

Federal Judge Richard Sullivan said he hoped Jia “Jenny” Hou, a Queens resident born in China, would avoid deportation. Hou conceded she was too inexperienced when she accepted her job for Liu at age 24.

“For reasons I may never fully understand,” Liu said in a statement Thursday, “the U.S. Attorney’s Office set out to destroy me. … Failing to find that I had done anything wrong, they proceeded to set up a weak man and a wonderful young woman. Jenny Hou does not deserve this ordeal.”

Former fundraiser Xing “Oliver” Wu Pan was sentenced to four months.