"Not guilty," that’s how former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva answered in court during his arraignment Monday on felony financial crime charges. The counts range from embezzlement to grand larceny.
The prosecution has assembled more than a dozen binders of evidence.
Anthony Silva walked into court in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs.
Silva’s attorney N. Allen Sawyer says Silva voluntarily returned from vacationing in Colombia and said he was not a flight risk and should have his $1 million bail reduced.
“This bail should be lowered at the very least if not, Mr. Silva should be allowed to OR on his own recognizance.”
The charges stem from Silva’s leadership of the Stockton Boys and Girls Club.
San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar says in plain terms Silva stole from the kids.
“The most disadvantaged -- economically disadvantaged children in our community were taken advantage of," says Verber Salazar. "This was money and resources for them who needed it and it was taken, stolen, and misused by him.”
Both the FBI and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office were involved in the investigation which produced a grand jury indictment.
The D.A.’s office could not put an exact amount of how much might have been illegally taken.