STOCKTON (CBS13) – Former Stockton mayor Anthony Silva was arraigned in court Monday on charges related to several white-collar crimes.
Police arrested Silva Sunday afternoon at San Francisco International Airport as he returned from a vacation in Colombia.
Silva is facing several felonies including embezzlement, grand theft, misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.
Silva’s attorney maintains his client’s innocence.
Bail was set at $1 million. Silva’s attorney asked for a reduction in bail during the arraignment, but the judge kept the original bail amount after the district attorney said they believed Silva fled to Colombia on the same day the arrest warrant was signed.
The San Joaquin County district attorney’s office alleges Silva embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds between 2010-2014.
Silva entered a not guilty plea to the charges.
His next court hearing will be on March 13.