No prison for NY woman who included booze in bribe

December 14, 2011 - 4:05 PM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A nail salon owner in suburban New York who tried to bribe a federal tax agent with cash and a bottle of tequila has avoided prison time.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Chinh Tran of West Nyack to two years of supervised release, including one year of home confinement.

Sentencing guidelines called for two years or more behind bars. But the judge said Tran's charitable works merited keeping her out of prison.

The 42-year-old Tran pleaded guilty in August to a bribery charge. She admitted giving an Internal Revenue Service agent $18,000 in two payments to avoid an audit of her 2007 tax return.

A bottle of tequila accompanied the second payment.

Tran's lawyer says she contributed to leprosy camps, orphanages and soup kitchens in her native Vietnam.