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Former deputy convicted for theft
Jose Pacheco
Jose Pacheco

A former custodial deputy with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has been convicted of stealing money from inmates, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

Jose Sandoval Pacheco, 38, of Manteca entered a no contest plea on Monday and was found guilty of felony theft of public funds.

The sheriff’s department discovered the thefts during an internal investigation. The investigation found that between June 14 2014, and June 17 2015, Pacheco stole $8,332 by using inmate prepaid debit cards that were later cashed at local automated teller machines.

The money on the prepaid cards is put on by inmates’ families through the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Pacheco, who was with the sheriff’s department for nine years before his dismissal, was arrested at the Stanislaus County Jail in June 2015.

Upon entry of the no contest plea, Judge Linda McFadden sentenced Pacheco to 60 days in jail, 40 hours of community service, five years felony probation, and ordered him to pay restitution, according to the district attorney’s office.