Former Stockton Mayor Arrested for Embezzlement

Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested March 5 at the San Francisco International Airport upon return from a visit to Colombia.

Mr. Silva has been charged with felony charges of money laundering, embezzlement by a public officer, grand theft and embezzlement worth more than $400.

According to KCRA 3 News, six counts are linked to the Stockton Boys and Girls Club, which Mr. Silva previously ran. He is alleged to have implemented a double-dipping scheme in which he received grant money for the club in addition to being paid by the school district.

In addition, the San Joaquin County district attorney alleges that Mr. Silva laundered approximately $2.7 million.

In a jailhouse interview with KCRA, Mr. Silva said he is being targeted to “silence me, to shut me up.”

None of the current charges are related to Mr. Silva’s prior arrest in Amador County over allegations that he provided alcohol to minors at a youth camp and eavesdropped on teens playing a game of strip poker.

Mr. Silva ran for reelection as Stockton mayor in November, but was defeated by Michael Tubbs, who received 70 percent of the vote. (Source: KCRA News, March 5.)

California Tax Foundation   |   1215 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814   |   916.441.0490   |