A 534-page transcript of the grand jury proceeding that led to the March arrest of former Mayor Anthony Silva became a public document Friday.
Following are some of the notable details:
• An FBI forensic auditor told the grand jury that much of the money Silva embezzled from the now-defunct Stockton Boys & Girls Club went to pay the mortgage on his five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot home. Silva later sold the home for $665,000.
• The auditor also testified that Silva spent $179,000 of club money at Costco.
• The Boys & Girls Club provided after-school programs to about 5,000 students and billed Stockton Unified afterward for about $90,000 a month in reimbursements.
Silva tried to change the arrangement, testified Janet Yarbrough, a Stockton Unified administrator. Yarbrough said Silva pushed for the school district to pay the Boys & Girls Club $100,000 a month up front.
“He was obviously feeling some financial pinch,” Yarbrough testified.
• Silva let the club’s insurance lapse, testified club board member Terry Hull, “which I perceived as a terribly dangerous thing to do.”
If, for instance, any kid or visitor slipped and fell, Hull told jurors, the club would have been left exposed.
“I can just tell you that my impression was that this was a proceed-by-the-seat-of-your-pants operation,” Hull testified.
• Atlanta-based Boys & Girls Club of America was loath to revoke the Stockton club’s charter because of its importance to Stockton youth, the organization’s attorney testified.
The headquarters sent a turnaround specialist to Stockton. Silva’s board majority fired him. The…
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