For Immediate Release - July 16, 2010

Brother and Sister Arrested and Arraigned in Connection with Using Fake Identities to Steal Over $120,000 in Counterfeit Check Scheme

EAST BOSTON - An East Boston man and his sister have both been arrested and arraigned in connection with using fake identities to create counterfeit checks and using those checks to steal over $120,000 from auto auction houses around the state, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Today, Amarildo Silva, age, 30, was arraigned on charges of Possession of Counterfeit Notes, Identity Fraud and Forging Registry Documents. Edna DaSilva, age 24, was arraigned on charges of Identity Fraud and Forging Registry Documents. Silva and DaSilva were arrested yesterday morning at their East Boston residence by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office with assistance from the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force (GATSF).

Earlier this month, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation after the matter had been referred by the GATSF. Authorities allege that Silva defrauded the auto auctions in Lynn, Quincy, N. Dighton and Framingham by using a fake identity and creating counterfeit checks. Silva had done business at the auctions. Investigators discovered that Silva created counterfeit copies of the legitimate checks of the auto auctions, issued checks to himself and deposited these checks into bank accounts he held at various banks throughout the state. Silva allegedly made withdrawals totaling over $120,000 from the banks. Several of the banks noticed that some of the checks were counterfeit and froze Silva's accounts.

Investigators discovered that after the bank accounts had been frozen, Silva brought DaSilva to a bank to open an account in the name of a fake landscaping company. DaSilva allegedly used a fake identity to try and open this new bank account.

Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office with assistance from the GATSF arrested Silva and DaSilva yesterday at their residence in East Boston. Today, Silva and DaSilva were arraigned in East Boston District Court at which time each entered individual pleas of not guilty. Following the arraignment East Boston District Court Judge Robert Ronquillo ordered Silva to be held on $200,000 bail. DaSilva was ordered to be held on $50,000 bail. Both are due back in court on September 17, for a pre-trial hearing.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Glenn Cunha, Managing Attorney in AG Coakley's Criminal Bureau and Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty. It is being investigated by the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office

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