NEWARK — An Essex County woman admitted to committing perjury while testifying in the federal trial of two Middlesex County brothers who reportedly had ties to the Genovese crime family.
Debora Medeiros Da Silva, 27, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to charges she knowingly made false declarations before a grand jury or court.
Da Silva contradicted her grand jury testimony when she appeared as a witness at the trial of Peter Ventricelli, 35, and Mark Ventricelli, 29, both of the Parlin section of Sayreville, after she previously testified on Sept. 23, 2009, that she witnessed one of the men, who was the target of a federal investigation, retrieve from her bedroom closet a bag of guns that he later gave to his brother.
The federal charge of knowingly making false declarations before a grand jury or court carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 and sentencing is scheduled for May 16.
Peter Ventricelli and DaSilva were sentenced on September 1, 2010, to three years of probation, including six and four months of home confinement, respectively, for their roles in a conspiracy to obtain, cash or deposit stolen or counterfeit checks.