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A former municipal assemblyman who was ridiculed for weeping hysterically at a 2014 news conference was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, suspended for four years, for expenses fraud.

The Kobe District Court found that former Hyogo Prefectural Assembly member Ryutaro Nonomura, 49, pocketed travel allowances by claiming funds for nonexistent business trips from fiscal 2011 to 2013.

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