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Wife Of Ex-Official Gets Fine, Probation

The wife of former New York Rep. Stephen Solarz, Nina Solarz, was fined $5,300 and sentenced Friday to a year’s probation for her role in the House banking scandal.

“I am very sorry for what I’ve done,” Nina Solarz, 63, tearfully told U.S. District Judge Stanley Harris. “I’ve been ashamed. I will never do anything like that again.”

Her husband, a Democrat who was defeated for re-election in 1992 after 18 years in Congress, won’t be charged in this case, the Justice Department said.

Nina Solarz pleaded guilty earlier this year to two misdemeanors - ordering a bad check written on her husband’s House Bank account and taking $7,500 from a charity she headed. She had faced up to a year and three months behind bars and a $25,000 fine.