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* Elizabeth Serrano of Salinas former Monterey County employee sentenced for stealing debit card,aid money

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A former employee of the Monterey County Department of Social and Employment Services was sentenced on Thursday for stealing aid money from an impoverished client of the agency, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said. Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced Thursday that 29-year-old Elizabeth Serrano of Salinas was sentenced to three years of probation and 41 days in the Monterey County jail for felony grand theft committed by use of another person’s debit card.Serrano pleaded guilty on Sept. 9 to stealing while employed with the county agency as an office assistant, Deputy District Attorney James Davis said in a statement.After obtaining access to an aid recipient’s debit card, Serrano went to an ATM and used the card to withdraw $760 of aid money that had been given to the client’s family, Davis said.Serrano repaid the stolen money when she pleaded guilty to the crime in September, Davis said.

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