Second Staffer In Sacramento Mayor’s Office Won’t Be Charged For Credit Card Misuse
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A second person in the mayor’s office who was under investigation for use of a city-issued credit card won’t face any criminal charges, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Keith Hart, the chief service officer, was under investigation for three personal purchases he made with his city credit card while working for Mayor Kevin Johnson’s office in 2010-11.
One was for $80.45 to Geico Insurance, another for $142.34 to the Grand and a third for $92.25 to the Men’s Warehouse.
In the first two Hart said he accidentally used the city card instead of his personal credit card and upon realizing his error, he immediately paid the city back.
In the third case, Hart rented a tuxedo to attend a black-tie event representing the mayor but was told that it wasn’t a justifiable expense and reimbursed the city.
Given the circumstances, the DA’s office declined to prosecute Hart due to insufficient evidence.
On Tuesday, the DA’s office filed five felony charges against for mayor’s aide Lisa Serna-Mayorga for misappropriation of public funds, grand theft of public funds, forgery, and two counts of making or drawing worthless checks, all felonies.
She’s accused of using the city bank credit for $20,175 in personal purchases, of which she only reimburse the city for $1,132.
Ironically, it was Serna-Mayorga who instructed Hart on how to go about repaying the city after he contacted her regarding the Geico charge.
Serna-Mayorga was released on bond Tuesday night and is due back in court Dec. 26 for her arraignment.
Hart and Serna-Mayorga no longer work for the city.