MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- The mayor of Patton Village has been removed from office after being found guilty of miss using city funds and property.
Pamela Munoz was indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury on multiple felony counts on February 24, 2012 for Abuse of Official Capacity, Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, Securing Execution of a Document by Deception, and Theft by a Public Servant.
Officials say their initial investigation began after a complaint was made against Munoz in September 2011.
On Thursday, a jury found Munoz guilty of four separate felony charges, including two charges of Abuse of Official Capacity and two charges of Misapplication of Fiduciary Property. Prosecutors say the range of punishment on these offenses is two to 10 years in prison with a $10,000 fine on each.
According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, these offenses included the Mayor’s misuse of over $20,000 of City of Patton Village funds set aside for the City’s ongoing sewer project. It also included the payment of over $80,000 to the Munoz’s uncle for alleged “construction services” on City buildings. Finally, the jury found her guilty of taking a personal loan of $3,000 from the City bank account.
After the guilty verdict was read, Judge Lisa Michalk signed an order removing Munoz from office as Patton Village’s mayor. The judge also ordered Munoz to stay in custody until her May 10 sentencing hearing.