Union-Bulletin Court Report

A Milton-Freewater man is accused of taking checks from his neighbor while he was gone, forging and cashing them.

Daniel Saldana Silva, 21, was charged on Aug. 28 with two counts of second-degree identity theft and six counts of forgery between June 28 and July 6. His first appearance was Aug. 22 and his arraignment was scheduled for Sept. 23 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

According to court documents, a man who was house sitting for the alleged victim reported a burglary to Milton-Freewater police that included a missing television and checks. The victim later learned the checks had been written to his neighbor, Alejandro Saldana, and deposited into Alejandro Saldana’s account at a Walla Walla credit union, records stated. The victim then confronted his neighbor, who told him his brother, Daniel, had committed the alleged crimes, records stated.

Police contacted the credit union and obtained video from its ATM with Daniel Saldana Silva allegedly depositing stolen checks and withdrawing cash on six occasions.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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