Silva, associate hit with new felony embezzlement, money-laundering charges – Stockton Record

STOCKTON — Former Mayor Anthony Silva and longtime associate Sharon Simas are facing felony embezzlement, money-laundering and conflict-of-interest charges, according to a document filed at San Joaquin County Superior Court by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

The city of Stockton is listed as a victim in the complaint, which was filed last week.

Additionally, Silva is charged with illegally possessing ammunition and obtaining a firearm.

“These new charges filed by the District Attorney’s Office are independent of the existing (2017) indictment faced by Silva,” Supervising Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau said in a statement Wednesday.

Silva already was facing six felony counts from an embezzlement case after a grand jury indictment in March 2017. The trial in that case is scheduled to begin Nov. 5.

Attorney Allen Sawyer, representing 43-year-old Silva, said his client will “plead not guilty and vigorously defend himself” against the new charges. Ken Rosenfeld, the attorney for 76-year-old Simas, said the charges against the 1998 Stocktonian of the Year are “egregious.”

“It’s bush-league tactics to try to intimidate us,” said Rosenfeld, whose client faces five felony charges. “It’s not going to work. It is shameful what the D.A.’s Office is trying to do to a very proud and accomplished woman. She’s a senior citizen, for God’s sakes.”

Silva and Simas have long-standing ties.

Simas was executive assistant to the mayor when Silva held the office from 2013-16. Additionally, Simas was president of the board at the Stockton Boys & Girls Club during the latter stages of Silva’s tenure there as chief executive officer. And at one time, Silva and Simas were co-owners of a house in Morada.

In late 2013, Silva admitted he had bypassed applying for a $49,000 grant to avoid an audit by the Boys & Girls Club of America. The national

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