Bail Reduced for Former Stockton Mayor

Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva had his bail reduced from $1 million to $350,000 last month by a San Joaquin County judge.  He was arrested on March 5 at San Francisco International Airport for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars that was intended for the Stockton Boys and Girls Club and the Kids Club.  The Former Stockton Mayor was the executive director of the youth organization.  Prosecutors have charged Silva with embezzlement, money laundering and grand theft.  It is also believed that he used youth club credit cards to pay for lavish vacations and a recurring charge on an online dating website.  Mr. Silva plead not guilty to all charges but was ordered to stay away from the Stockton Kids Club and is required to wear a GPS Monitoring device.  The embattled youth club had its 50-year charter revoked in 2013 from The Boys and Girls Club of America after allegations arose of embezzlement and other issues with its leaders.

This is not Silva’s first encounter with the law.  He was arrested last August for his participation in a strip-poker game at his Amador County youth camp.  In that case it is alleged that he illegally recorded camp counselors playing strip poker including a 16-year-old minor and that he gave alcohol to minors.  The case is still pending.  Silva lost his reelection campaign by a large margin last year, in part due to his legal troubles.

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