By Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 03/23/2012 06:53:40 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Former Councilman Rex Gutierrez, who served half of his two years and eight months sentence in state prison, has been released and has moved back to the community.

Gutierrez, 52, was found guilty in December 2010 on four felony counts of grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime and filing a fraudulent claim. The crimes occurred while he worked as the intergovernmental relations officer for the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office.

The former councilman was released March 7, said Kenneth Ford, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s parole division in Diamond Bar.

Under AB 109, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Public Safety Realignment bill, Gutierrez is under the supervision of San Bernardino County Probation Department.

Gutierrez served approximately one year and three months. He was most recently serving time at the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown, a facility where inmates are trained fire-fighting techniques and can be dispatched to fight wildfires.

Calls made to Gutierrez’s home have not been returned.

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