For Immediate Release - April 08, 2011

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

BOSTON - An East Boston man has pled guilty and was sentenced to serve time in state prison in connection with using a fake identity to forge documents and steal over $100,000 from local banks, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

Amarildo Silva, age, 30, of East Boston, pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday to charges of Forgery (5 counts), Uttering (3 counts), Larceny Over $250 (3 counts), Identity Theft, and Falsification of a License. After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Carol Ball sentenced Silva to one to three years in state prison.

Silva's sister, Edna DaSilva, age 24, pled guilty on November 22, 2010, to charges of Identity Fraud and Falsification of a License. She was sentenced to two years in the House of Correction, with four months to serve, and the balance suspended for a probationary period of two years.

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). Silva defrauded auto auctions in Lynn, Quincy, N. Dighton and Framingham by using a fake identity and creating counterfeit checks. Silva had previous business dealings with these auctions. Investigators discovered that Silva created counterfeit copies of the legitimate checks from the auto auctions, issued checks to himself and deposited these checks into bank accounts he held at various banks throughout the state. Silva made withdrawals totaling over $120,000 from the banks. Several of the banks noticed that 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 both Silva and DaSilva pled not guilty. Following the arraignment Silva was ordered held on $200,000 bail. DaSilva was ordered 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 plead not guilty and were ordered held on bail.

On November 22, 2010, DaSilva pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced. Yesterday, Silva pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced to serve time in state prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Glenn Cunha, Managing Attorney of AG Coakley's Criminal Bureau and Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty of AG Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. It was investigated by Sallyann Nelligan, Deputy Director of AG Coakley's Financial Investigations Division and the GATSF with assistance from Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Lynn Police Department.

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