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July 25, 2012
Ex-aide to Mayor Kevin Johnson under criminal investigation

The Sacramento Police Department is launching a criminal investigation into the credit card use of former mayoral aide Lisa Serna-Mayorga, police officials announced today.

Details of the investigation have not been made available yet, but police investigators will be working with the Sacramento District Attorney's Office and the city manager's office in the probe, according to police spokesman Andrew Pettit.

Serna-Mayorga resigned last week after it was revealed she made thousands of dollars in personal purchases using her city-issued credit card, sources have told The Bee. The purchases - estimated at $9,000 - included a trip to Disneyland, gasoline and groceries, the sources said.

At the time, Serna-Mayorga was the City Council operations manager. She was appointed to that job by Mayor Kevin Johnson.

"The Mayor is fully supportive of the investigation," mayoral spokesman Joaquin McPeek said. "While he remains saddened and disappointed by the conduct in question, he will always insist on full accountability for all city employees entrusted with public dollars."

More details on the criminal investigation will be posted as they become available.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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