Menlo Park: Ex-employee gets jail for stealing city's gas

A former Menlo Park public works employee charged with stealing gas from city-owned pumps has been sentenced to 60 days in county jail and three years of supervised probation.

Juan Gonzales Alvarez, 52, who worked for the city for about 25 years at the time of his arrest in July 2013, pleaded no contest on June 5 in San Mateo County Superior Court to one count of felony embezzlement.

He was charged with taking 503 gallons of gas, worth approximately $1,800, for personal purposes during a four-month period in 2012, according to police.

Investigators searching his home allegedly found a police badge and jacket that had been stolen from the department one week earlier, the report said.


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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I certainly hope the gas was worth your job with the city. AND, stealing city property. A police badge? You are hard up and a thief.

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Posted by former resident
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

how much pension does mr. alvarez collect from the city and will it still be paid now that he's a convicted thief?

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Posted by Yep
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Under the 2013 pension law change, job related felony convictions result in forfeiture of all or a portion of the employee pension.
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