Cathedral City Mayor Pro Tem Charles F. Vasquez, who was arrested and charged with stealing public funds, has been released from an Indio jail on $50,000 bail, officials said.
The Riverside County district attorney's office alleged he used a program for computer purchases to buy MasterCard gift cards and other personal items.
Vasquez, 52, was charged with three felony counts of misappropriation of public funds in excess of $2,000. The councilman was arrested at his Cathedral City home Monday about 9 p.m. by D.A. investigators.
Riverside County prosecutors are alleging that Vasquez misused city funds provided to city employees and council members so they could purchase desktop or laptop computers or tablets.