A former Stanislaus County sheriff’s lieutenant will pay roughly $1,000 in restitution and fees and serve 40 hours of community service after pleading no contest to petty theft Thursday morning.
Mario Cisneros was accused of defrauding $833 from the county’s In-Home Supportive Services program. Authorities said Cisneros fraudulently claimed payment for the care he provided his mother, who had suffered a stroke.
The county program pays caregivers $9.38 an hour for providing care to people who need help at home, such as getting in and out of bed, getting groceries, picking up prescriptions and going to the doctor.
Initially, prosecutors filed felony welfare fraud charges against Cisneros. At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in early November, Judge Linda McFadden reduced Cisneros’ charges to misdemeanors.
With his plea of no contest, McFadden found Cisneros guilty of the single charge and dismissed the remainder of the charges he faced. She ordered him to pay fees of $212, as well as restitution of $833.02.
“He has that to pay, judge,” defense attorney Robert Forkner said. McFadden also sentenced Cisneros to 12 months of informal probation and said he must perform 40 hours of community service.
At Forkner’s request, McFadden said Cisneros could do community service in San Joaquin County.
Cisneros had worked for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years when he was charged with the crimes. He has since left the department.