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* Timothy Jon Silva Wanted Failure to Appear in Court for Contractor Scam in Petaluma

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A no-bail arrest warrant was issued today for a Santa Rosa man who failed to appear at his sentencing in Sonoma County Superior Court this morning for scamming money from elderly Petaluma residents by not completing construction projects on their homes. Timothy Jon Silva, who is 49 years old today, pleaded guilty to one felony count of diversion of construction funds, three misdemeanor counts of elder financial abuse and one misdemeanor count of contracting without a license, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.

As part of a plea agreement Silva was to spend a year in the county jail, serve three years’ probation and make restitution to the 13 victimized families.  He was scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Judge Robert LaForge issued the arrest warrant at 9:36 a.m.  Petaluma police arrested Silva on Jan. 3. He was charged with two felony and 18 misdemeanor charges in connection with the scam. Petaluma police received reports from residents about Silva receiving money for work he did not complete, Ravitch said.  Silva also did not inform the homeowners his contractor’s license was suspended by the Contractors State License Board in April of 2011, Ravitch said.

Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons said the victims lived in the Leisure Lake Mobile Home Village off Stony Point Road and the offenses occurred between June 2011 and Jan. 3.  The Petaluma victims lost a total of $11,585. One victim was bilked of $2,580 and one resident wrote four checks totaling $2,170 Lyons said. Deputy District Attorney Robin Hammond said two of the 13 victims lived in Rohnert Park. The total restitution so far is $12,850, Hammond said.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you know his whereabouts.

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