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Former Cudahy mayor sentenced to prison for accepting bribes

Former Cudahy Mayor David Silva, 62, will spend one year in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to extortion and bribery last summer.
Former Cudahy Mayor David Silva, 62, will spend one year in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to extortion and bribery last summer. Cudahy city website

The former mayor of Cudahy was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for taking bribes, the second of three city officials to be punished for his role in the case.

David Silva, 62, pleaded guilty to extortion and bribery in August. Federal authorities said Silva accepted a $50,000 bribe from a developer in exchange for selling city-owned land at a discounted price. The former city leader also accepted a $5,000 bribe from a medical marijuana clinic owner who turned out to be an FBI informant.  

“Mr. Silva sold the integrity and authority of the mayor’s office for his own personal gain,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said. “Elected officials are expected to obey the law. When they don’t, those officials should expect to go to prison.”

Silva faced a maximum of 30 years in federal prison. 

Also involved in the bribery scheme was Angel Perales, the former head of Cudahy’s Code Enforcement Division. Perales, 44, also pleaded guilty to accepting a $5,000 bribe from a cannabis clinic owner. Earlier this month he was sentenced to probation.

Speaking to reporters last summer, Silva said he was motivated by greed.

“Money. It’s greed I guess. That’s what it was – just a stupid mistake,” he said at the time.

He and Perales each agreed to a plea deal requiring them to repay the FBI for the bribes they took from an informant. 

A third Cudahy official, Osvaldo Conde, is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 25. He pleaded guilty to bribery and extortion for taking $7,000 from the FBI informant.

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