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Ex-Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva Faces Five Felony Charges With Million-Dollar Bail

Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva is in jail awaiting arraignment Monday afternoon on five felony charges.

Silva was arrested Sunday at San Francisco International Airport on his return from a vacation in Colombia. He is facing charges of embezzlement, grand larceny, and money laundering with bail set at $1 million.

Silva’s attorney N. Allen Sawyer says his arrest is connected with the non-profit Stockton Kids Club, which Silva oversaw along with a board of directors.

Sawyer says financial records were taken in a search, but they are still in the dark because of the secret grand jury investigation that prompted the arrest.

“The indictment came during a grand jury process, so they had this prior to the search warrant," Sawyer says. "So we’re trying to ascertain who the complaining witness is.”

Silva is also facing a misdemeanor charge in Amador County from an audio recording on his cellphone of a strip poker game and underage drinking at a youth camp.

 Anthony Silva

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio