Sylvia Handy's sentencing set for July

Former county commissioner Sylvia Handy is back in court today where she plead ~no contest TM to eight state charges.

Those eight charges include theft and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Today six witnesses testified in the case.

Sylvia Handy entered the courtroom this morning and stood before Judge Roberto Flores.

No plea bargain was offered by the prosecution before the hearing.

The first witness told Judge Flores that Handy not only loaned her money to buy a U.S. birth certificate and social security card, but she also got her a job working for the county cleaning offices and answering phones.

Handy previously served two and a half years in federal prison for charges related to the scandal.

She is accused of creating "phantom" employees and using their paychecks to pay illegal immigrants who worked in her home as maids and babysitters.

Right now the court is conducting a presentencing investigation to determine how much Handy will have to pay if found guilty.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 18th.

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