Lisa Serna-Mayorga embezzler? Credit Card Probe Widens……

The summer of 2012 hasn’t been kind to Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson.  The  newly re-elected mayor was shunned by the City’s Democratic  leadership.     The Oakland A’s public embarrassment, the Sacramento City Council voting to strip  his authority to appoint the office manager.   Now a credit card scandal involving  his good friend and former office manager Lisa Serna-Mayorga.  Mrs Serna-Mayorga charged personal items and a trip to Disneyland using the city issued credit card.   The mayor told the local press ” that  misuse of a city credit card was an isolated problem”     The question for the mayor is, how can he confidently make that statement when his Chief of Staff  responsible for reviewing and approving credit card purchases made each month didn’t discover it?

Council member Steve Cohn is asking for citywide audit.   Some community leaders asking  why aren’t there monetary limits on the credit cards?

Is Lisa Serna-Mayorga a embezzler or Theif? (Some Definitions) 

Theif is the act of stealing and is most commonly used in describing the past tense. It can mean stealing something literally or taking another style or custom and claming it as your own.

The term theft is sometimes used synonymously with Larceny. Theft, however, is actually a broader term, encompassing many forms of deceitful taking of property, including swindling, Embezzlement, and False Pretenses. Some states categorize all these offenses under a single statutory crime of theft.

theft n. the generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker’s use (including potential sale). In many states, if the value of the property taken
is low (for example, less than $500) the crime is “petty theft,” but it is  “grand theft” for larger amounts, designated misdemeanor, or felony, respectively. Theft is synonymous with “larceny.” Although robbery (taking by force), burglary (taken by entering unlawfully), and embezzlement (stealing from an employer) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are distinguished by the means and methods used, and are separately designated as those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments.

A call for her head? 

Lisa Serna-Mayorga repaid $3000 in June and last Wednesday she repaid $6000 before she resigned on Thursday.  Leaders in the city have questions.   City Auditor Jorge Oseguera said today that his office is expected to begin an audit of every city-issued credit card .

The city manager office said he(John Shirey)  has “conferred with the Police Chief so that the matter can be reviewed for any possible criminal wrong doing.

Although she has reimbursed the city, many citizens feel Serna-Mayorga should be prosecuted.

At a time when it seems the mayor has few allies.  If the council ,citizens  ask for her head they just may get it.    This is just another embarrassment in a series of embarrassments  for Mayor Kevin Johnson.



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