For Immediate Release - November 23, 2010

East Boston Woman Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Connection with Using Fake Identity

Woman's Brother Also Charged in Connection With Participating in Scheme

BOSTON - An East Boston woman has pled guilty and was sentenced to serve time in jail in connection with using a fake identity, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced.

Edna DaSilva, age 24, pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday to charges of Identity Fraud and Falsification of a License. After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Carol S. Ball sentenced DaSilva to serve two years in the House of Correction, with four months to serve, and the balance suspended for a probationary period of two years.

DaSilva's brother, Amarildo Silva, age, 30, of East Boston, has also been charged in connection with this case. Silva is charged with Forgery (5 counts), Uttering (3 counts), Larceny Over $250 (3 counts), Identity Theft, and Falsification of a License.

The Attorney General's Office began an investigation in July 2010, after the matter had been referred by the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force (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 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 at their residence in East Boston on July 15, 2010. Silva and DaSilva were arraigned in East Boston District Court on July 16, 2010, at which time Silva entered a plea of not guilty to charges of Possession of Counterfeit Notes, Identity Fraud and Forging Registry Documents. DaSilva entered a plea of not guilty to charges of Identity Theft and Forging Registry Documents. Following the arraignment Silva was ordered to be held on $200,000 bail. DaSilva was ordered to be held on $50,000 bail. On September 16, 2010, a Suffolk County Grand jury returned indictments against Silva and DaSilva. Silva and DaSilva were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on October 6, 2010, where they entered pleas of not guilty and were ordered held on bail.

Yesterday, DaSilva pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced. Silva is due back in court on December 14, 2010, for a pre-trial conference.

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 Senior Financial Investigator Sallyann Nelligan and the GATSF with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Lynn Police Department.