Guera’s statement of “no action” refuted by police
BOB WILT Reporter
Rosalita Silva, 52, was arrested for theft over $1,500 under $20,000, and for fraudulent use of identifying information. She is the sister of Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Juanita Silva. A Willacy County woman who was providing home health care for an elderly Raymondville couple, allegedly took almost $20,000 from the couple, who reportedly loved her like a daughter.
She was arraigned by Municipal Judge Hector Huert, who set her bond at $10,000 for each charge. She was given a personal recognizance bond, which means she did not have to post a cash, and was not jailed.
The elderly couple who eventually complained to police are Jose and Mari Torres.
Raymondville Police Detective David Robino said that Rosalita worked for the Torres’s for several years and gained their trust.
“Silva was supposed to have deposited their social security checks each month,” Robino said. “She was supposed to have paid their mortgage and their utility bills.”
The Torres’s have since defaulted on their USDA loan, and one or more utility companies were about to suspend service at their residence.
“She stopped working for the home health agency, but showed up when they received their social security checks,” Robino said. “Another home health provider confronted her about the nonpayment of bills.”
The new home health provider tipped us off, and we began an investigation.
In a directly related event, District Attorney Juan Angella Guera held press conferences with three Rio Grande Valley TV stations.
Guerra reportedly told Telemundo Channel 48 that he doubted Rosalita Silva would be arrested, since she is the sister of a judge, and that is how it is in Willacy County.
Justice Juan, Rosalita Silva’s brother, said that he is declining to comment on Guera’s assertions, but he may do so later on.
His sister was arrested and charged on Thursday, and has been processed through the criminal justice system thus far.
Raymondville Police Chief Uvaldo Zamma said that Guera’s assertions are totally without basis.
“Mr. Guera is making us look like the bad guys,” Zamma said. “In no way would we not investigate if a suspect is related to any judge. My investigators work very very hard, and it does take time to build a solid case.”
“Mr. Guera’s running for office, and he wants to get votes,” Zamma said. “Since I’ve been chief we’ve never played favorites or bowed to any influence.”
A message was left for Guera to contact the Chronicle/News for clarification on his assertions, but he did not do so by press time.
The Torres’s are not in immediate danger of being evicted thanks to RPD intervention.
“We contacted the USDA who holds the mortgage, and the agency is going to work with the elderly couple,” Robino said. “We’re still investigating, and there may be other charges filed.”