Ex-of­fi­cial sen­tenced to prison

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from wire re­ports

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.

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