UPDATE: Former councilmember Rod Tam heading to jail

Rod Tam
Rod Tam
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A judge has sentenced former Honolulu city councilmember Rod Tam to two days in jail for stealing taxpayer money.

He also was ordered to perform 324 hours of community service, instead of paying fines.

The judge also granted the defense request for a deferral which means the charges against him will be cleared if he remains out of trouble for a year.

Before sentencing, Tam said, "I really apologize. I made mistakes and have learned from them."

Earlier this year, Tam pleaded no contest to eight charges.

According to prosecutors, Tam used campaign money to make personal purchases, lied about restaurant receipts and failed to report two campaign contributions until well past the deadline.

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