The Tribunal de Juicio de Hacienda convicted Pablo Quirós, the former president of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, of embezzlement and misuse of public funds because he used a helicopter of the state-owned firm for personal due.
The judicial panel imposed a sentence of 15 months Wednesday and then said that Quirós did not have to go to jail, He also was barred from public jobs for three years.
Typically those sentenced to three years of prison or less are allowed to have conditional freedom without actually serving any time.
The wife of Quirós and an aide were not convicted. The case stems from a trip the trio took March 21, 2009, to inspect earthquake damage in Cinchona. But there was a side trip to a wedding.
The issue was raised by opposition political parties in the last legislature.