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Former solicitors aide pleads
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In a press release issued late Thursday, South Carolina U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced that Nicole Halliett Holland, 49, the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office’s former director of communications, pleaded guilty in federal court that day on one count each of wire and mail fraud. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Cameron McGowan Currie presided and set sentencing for Feb. 26, 2019. According Lydon, facts presented in court established that from 2011 to March of this year, Holland -- employed by former 5th Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson -- used the office’s funds to pay for personal expenses.

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