Former Hidalgo Co. official pleads to eight counts


POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 4:03pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 7:24am

A former Hidalgo County commissioner is waiting to hear her fate after pleading no-contest to eight charges of theft.  

Sylvia Handy will return to Hidalgo County court for sentencing on July 18.  She was part of the "Phantom Employee" scandal, in which she doctored county timesheets and used the money for immigrants to work at her home.  

Some of the people Handy hired to be maids and babysitters testified against her.   

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