Sacto 9-1-1
March 11, 2013
Mayor's aide pleads guilty to misappropriation of public funds

By Andy Furillo

Former mayoral aide Lisa Serna-Mayorga pleaded guilty today to a single felony count of misappropriation of public funds and was sentenced to a nine-month term in county jail.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurel D. White also ordered Serna-Mayorga, 40, to pay $19,043.29 in restitution to the city for personal purchases such as two trips to Disneyland that she rang up on her city-issued credit card.

Officials said Serna-Mayorga intends to apply wiht the Sheriff's Department to serve her term on home electronic monitoring. She also could apply to have the last 90 days of her sentence transferred to sheriff's work project.

In a tearful statement to the court, Serna Mayorga apologized to the city and to her husband, children, her friends and her brother, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, "for the pain I have caused."

"I look forward to moving on with my life, raising my children with my husband, getting back to work and giving back to my community," Serna-Mayorga said.

Serna was the former office manager for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and operations manager for the Sacramento City Council. She also is the daughter of the late Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna.

She had initially been accused in additional counts of grand theft, forgery and writing back checks related to the misappriation of funds. Deputy District Attorney Michael Blazina asked to have those counts dismissed in the interests of justice on light of her admission to the felony misappropriation charge.

According to police reports, Serna-Mayorga had used her city purchasing card between December 2008 and July 2012 to book two separate trips to Disneyland, which included round-trip flights for herself and her family.

She also used the card on shopping trips, meals in restaurant and to download more than 1,000 songs and other entertainment applications on her iPad.

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