Lyford woman guilty of theft from elderly
The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announced today that Rosa Maria Silva, 55, of Lyford, TX, was found guilty of felony theft by the 197th District Court Judge Migdalia Lopez after a bench trial on February 11, 2011. Sentencing is scheduled for March 28, 2011. The theft case against Silva had been abandoned at the District Attorney’s Office since February 2008 however; after the new administration took office in 2009 the case was presented to a grand jury for prosecution. Silva was a health care provider for two elderly Hispanic victims from approximately 2004 to 2007. Silva would help the victims‚ cash their social security checks and help pay medical, utility, and mortgage bills. Silva would also read the mail of the victims and advise them of which bills to pay, since the victims could not read English.
In 2007, a new health provider discovered many of the bills were delinquent and the mortgage had not been paid for months by Silva. The victims also discovered credit cards were issued in their names without their consent. The credit cards also had charges on them, even though the victims had never used the credit cards. As a result, the victims‚ home went into foreclosure and approximately $20,000 was stolen from the victims. The punishment range for theft is probation to confinement from 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000. The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute theft crimes against the elderly and would like to thank Raymondville Police Detective Department David Robles for his participation on this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Carlos Masso and First Assistance Scott Greenbaum.