A former Lewis County elections commissioner has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for authorizing payments to her daughter as an elections worker - work her daughter never did.

Elaine McLear entered a guilty plea to two misdemeanor counts of second-degree offering a false instrument filing.

She originally faced felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and official misconduct.

The pleas entered Friday before acting Lewis County Court Judge Donald Todd are in satisfaction of the original criminal charges she faced.
The former Democratic elections commissioner was suspended from her job in late December 2011.

Her term has since run out.

McLear had been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly paying her daughter more than $300 for work she never did. 

She will be sentenced on June 10 at 12:30 p.m.