Ex-official sentenced to prison
A South Texas county’s first elected female commissioner has been sentenced to prison on federal charges of harboring illegal immigrants and tax fraud.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced former Hidalgo County Commissioner Sylvia Handy to 2½ years in prison for a scheme in which she put illegal immigrants who did domestic work in her home on the county payroll, The McAllen Monitor reported in its online edition Friday.
Handy will also remain under court supervision for two years after her release, pay a $7,500 fine and pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Prosecutors claimed Handy defrauded the county of more than $300,000.