The Rio de Janeiro mayor’s former wife has been sentenced to a total of 18 months and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution.
The Brazilian Supreme Court sentenced Maria Luisa Silva to 18.5 months for embezzling more than $5 million from the city’s public works department.
The judge found Silva guilty of stealing the funds from an official city contract with Rio de Dios.
She faces up to 10 years in prison.
Silva was married to Rio de Janeiro’s former mayor, Eduardo Paes, from 2003 to 2010.
Silva served as mayor from 2010 to 2016.
Rio de Sao Paulo state prosecutors had asked for a 12-month sentence, but the judge reduced the sentence to a six-month term, The Associated Press reported.
Silva and Paes had been married for about 15 years when Paes was impeached for allegedly lying about a sexual relationship with Silva’s then-wife.
The couple married in 2008.
Silva’s attorney said he was disappointed in the decision.
“I don’t know why this decision was made,” said Antonio Ribeiro, who represents Silva’s ex-husband.
“The city of Rio de Santo was deceived by this man.”
The Rio state prosecutor’s office said it was investigating the allegations against Silva.
Silva faces up the possibility of jail time if she pleads guilty.
In the U.S., federal prosecutors are investigating the city of Los Angeles, where Silva was mayor from 2006 to 2012, over allegations she misappropriated more than half a million dollars in federal funds.
The Los Angeles Times reported Silva’s former city councilwoman, Lorena Gonzalez, is also under investigation for possible fraud.
A spokeswoman for the U,S.
Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said there are no pending federal investigations.