|For Immediate Release
Case # 08NF1993
June 23, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
WOMAN AND BOYFRIEND TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR
CONSPIRING TO HAVE ESTRANGED HUSBAND ARRESTED
BY FILING FOUR FALSE POLICE REPORTS
FULLERTON – A woman and her current boyfriend will be arraigned today for conspiring to have the woman’s estranged husband, a high school teacher, arrested for crimes he had not committed by filing false police reports. Devon Eileen Abbott, 33, Mira Loma, and Soloman Brian Silver, 42, Portland, Maine, are charged with one felony count of conspiracy to falsely charge a crime, one felony count of false imprisonment by fraud, one felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime, one felony count of second degree vehicular burglary, and one felony count of transportation of marijuana. Fullerton police detectives, who were assisted by the Anaheim Police Department, arrested Abbott and Silver late Friday, June 20, 2008, and are each being held on $750,000 bail. If convicted, Abbott and Silver each face a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison. They are scheduled to be arraigned today, Monday, June 23, 2008, in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton. The time is to be determined.
Between May 15, 2008, and May 27, 2008, Abbott and her boyfriend Silver are accused of conspiring to hide a shotgun, marijuana, and prescription pills in the victim’s vehicle and file false police reports with the intention of having Abbott’s estranged husband, Gregory Abbott, arrested for crimes he did not commit. The defendants are accused of exchanging several text messages in which Abbott provided Silver with the location of the victim’s car, the victim’s parents’ home, and the victim’s whereabouts. Abbott is accused of instructing Silver to keep an eye on the victim, offering to use her children to locate the victim over the phone, and discussing how best to get rid of evidence.
At approximately 11:05 a.m. on May 26, 2008, Silver is accused of using an alias, calling the California Highway Patrol, falsely reporting that a man had pulled a shotgun on someone and fled in his vehicle, and providing a detailed description of Gregory Abbott’s car. At approximately 4:20 p.m., Silver is accused of anonymously calling and filing a false report with the Brea Police Department and claiming that a “guy,” Gregory Abbott, was pointing a gun at vehicles while driving. At approximately 7:05 p.m., Silver is accused of calling and filing a false report with the Placentia Police Department, claiming that a man had pointed a shotgun at his face, and providing a detailed description of the victim’s vehicle and location.
At approximately 9:40 a.m. on May 27, 2008, Silver is accused of calling and filing a false report with the Fullerton Police Department, claiming that Gregory Abbott had just sold him drugs and was on campus at Sunny Hills High School, where the victim worked as a teacher. Fullerton police officers responded to the call and located the firearm and drugs in Gregory Abbott’s car. At around the time that the victim was arrested, the defendants are accused of texting “YES ITS GONNA HAPPEN!” and “WE F***** GOT HIM!” [sic]
Deputy District Attorney Keith Bogardus of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.