The former CEO of the Fresno Police Department’s Credit Union is on probation, after Fresno County Court records show she was embezzling money.
Court records obtained by CBS47 show 44-year-old Silvina Pelayo was charged with two felony counts back in October of 2017.
The arrest warrant states, the Fresno Police Department Credit Union, where Pelayo worked conducted an investigation and found she made personal purchases on the corporate credit card.
The court documents state one purchase took place on April 26, 2016 at Home Depot for around $387, for a ceiling fan and light fixtures.
The document states Pelayo initially told a State of California Department of Business Oversight investigator that the fan was for the credit union’s lobby, and the light fixture was for the men’s room.
But on-site “investigators were unable to locate the fan or light fixtures.”
Court records show Pelayo later admitted that the items were installed at her home.
Court records show state investigators found Pelayo made several other purchases with the Fresno Police Department Credit Union corporate card over a 12 month period in 2016 and 2017.
Court documents show the state investigator claims Pelayo could not provide receipts for more than $2,000 in purchases to stores like Target, Pier 1, Best Buy, Mor Furniture and others.
Documents show the audit found the total amount of the “Suspected Fraudulent Expenditure” was $2,925.
Last month, Pelayo plead no contest to one count, which was dropped to a misdemeanor and got 2 years probation.
CBS47 reached out Pelayo at her Fresno home and contacted her attorney. but no one wanted to talk.
CBS47 also reached out to the current CEO of the Fresno Police Department Credit Union, Bob Shaffer. But no calls were returned.
Deputy District Attorney Amy Verzosa told CBS47 by phone, “Pelayo’s lack of criminal history and the dollar amount involved, plus the fact that everything was paid back were the reasons for the reduction.”
CBS47 Legal Analyst, David Mugridge says dropping the charge to a misdemeanor and the no contest plea is a big win.
“The significance of this is that a no contest plea, can not be used against you in a civil suit,” said Mugridge.