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A former corrections officer at the Racine County Jail stands accused of stealing funds from an inmate’s account and is now an inmate himself.

Arnold Silva, 27, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with misconduct in public office – excess authority, and misdemeanor theft-business setting. If convicted of both charges, Silva faces up to four years three months in prison and/or fines up to $20,000.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint of a theft from an inmate’s account. The inmate reported that he was supposed to receive a check for $62.70, the remaining amount in his account. But he never received it.

Silva, a corrections officer at the Racine County Jail, put the inmate’s money on a bank card and spent it on himself over the course of a week at BP gas station, Wal-Mart, Kwik-Trip and Metro PCS. When the investigator interviewed Silva, he denied his involvement at first. But then he recanted his story saying “he was not going to dig a deeper hole” and then admitted to using the stolen debit card.

“He also stated it was the only time he took money from an inmate account and knew it was illegal to do so,” according to the complaint.

Silva was expected to have an initial appearance in Racine County Felony Court on Friday afternoon.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.