Serna-Mayorga was formerly the council operations manager for
the Office of the Mayor of the City of Sacramento.
From July 2009 to June 2012, Serna-Mayorga used a
City-issued credit card for personal items totaling over
$19,000. According to the Sacramento County District Attorney's
office, among the illegal charges were: "two Disneyland trips for
her and her family in December of 2010 and June of 2012; hotels in
Bodega Bay and Monterey; clothing; makeup; restaurants; grocery
bills; and numerous iTunes games, music, movies, and entertainment
In June of 2012, an internal audit revealed Serna-Mayorga had
not been submitting the required paperwork documenting her
She admitted that several charges were not for City use,
and then compounded her legal problems by writing bad checks
to cover the amount.
An investigation found the signature of the mayor's chief
of staff, Kunal Merchant, was forged on some documents submitted as
part of her effort to cover up the expenses.
After Serna-Mayorga serves her sentence, she will be on
probation for five years.
She can apply to the Sheriff's Department for a work-release
She was ordered to pay $19,043.29 to the City of Sacramento in
Her conviction cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor and it
prevents her from holding any public office
in California. Her brother is Sacramento County
Supervisor Phil Serna. Her father is the late mayor of
Sacramento, Joe Serna.