A CORRUPT district board member who rigged an election he would have won anyway was handed a three-month suspended jail term and fined $10,000 yesterday. Chiang Yu-tui, 39, is the first Hong Kong politician to be convicted of inviting people to vote in his constituency who were not entitled to do so. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to defraud. He had denied both charges. 'To date there has not been a case of a candidate being charged with this offence,' defence lawyer Gerard McCoy told the District Court. 'The dimension of the case shows misguided Fujianese clan loyalty as the defendant was already an appointed member for the constituency, the only Fujianese member in the constituency, and it was always inevitable that he was going to win by the landslide he did.' Chiang beat his closest rival by 800 votes. Judge H. C. Wong said she had decided to pass a 'lenient' sentence after considering the former Eastern District Board member's tireless service to the community. She suspended the jail term for two years. Chiang has spent countless hours helping new Fujianese immigrants in North Point. The judge said he should 'still be allowed to serve the community in spite of the current offences' in his role as a Beijing-appointed district affairs adviser. The politician's wife, Ng Po-chun, 35, admitted conspiracy to defraud, six charges of making false statements and two of inviting a person to vote in an election in which they were not entitled to take part. She was sentenced to a month in prison, suspended for two years, and fined $24,000. Judge Wong accepted the testimony of witness Hung Yau-on, who said Chiang had asked him to sign up as many voters as possible, regardless of whether they lived in his constituency. Mr Hung, 60, is an executive member of a Fujianese clansmen organisation to which Chiang belongs. He was given immunity against prosecution after admitting he forged nearly 200 voter forms for the September 1994 election. Chiang has stepped down from his Kam Ping seat. Before passing sentence, the judge told Chiang: 'The destruction of your political career is due to your own vanity.'