Davis County prosecutors say jail inmate Joey Louis Silva had tricked a Roosevelt man into using his home as collateral to bail Silva out of jail before officials caught on to the plan.
Silva, 30, told the Roosevelt man that he was the attorney for the man's brother, Calvin Slaugh, who is also a jail inmate, investigators say. He then told the man to post $26,000 bail for Slaugh under the "code name" Joey Silva.Davis County Sheriff detectives said the plan was foiled last month by a suspicious bail bondsman.
On Wednesday, Detective David Brimmer testified during a preliminary hearing that during taped phone calls beginning Aug. 1, Silva posed as an attorney for Slaugh, whom he had befriended while in jail.
"Silva posed as an attorney and told (Slaugh's brother) that Calvin Slaugh was booked under the code name `Joey Silva,' " Brimmer said.
Silva told Slaugh's brother that Slaugh had been booked under a code name because he was an informant in another criminal investigation and his life might be in danger.
Investigators said the brother contacted Steve's Bonding and put up the title of his home to make bail. But bondsman Todd Harris was suspicious of the "code name" and went to the Davis County Jail to check it out and found that Silva and Slaugh were separate inmates booked on different charges.
Slaugh was being held on charges of sexual abuse while Silva was being held on charges of burglary and robbery. The discrepancy was quickly reported to jail officials.
"It never got to where the bond was signed and sent to the jail," Brimmer said. Had the bond company not caught onto the scheme, he said, Silva would have been released and walked past Slaugh's brother waiting for Slaugh in the lobby and out the door.
Silva is awaiting sentencing on two cases, one an armed robbery and the other a burglary where a man was threatened.
Silva is now being charged with communication fraud, a second-degree felony, and attempted escape, a class-A misdemeanor.
Wednesday in court, Silva's attorney Laura Thompson argued that Silva neither escaped nor benefited from the phone calls. But Judge Jon M. Memmott found there was enough evidence to bind Silva over for trial.
Silva faces the possibility of five years in prison for his past cases and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14. He is expected to enter a plea to the new charges Sept. 21.