Washington, DC— The US Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture complaint Tuesday, July 14, 2015, seeking to recover the accumulated $12.5 million (537.5 million pesos) in assets (derived from bribery and corruption kickback through the PDAF scam) found in the United States by the pork barrel scam queen, Janet Napoles.
“The FBI is committed to ensuring that the U.S. godaddy domain buy service . Financial System is not used to launder the proceeds of foreign bribery schemes,” said Assistant Director in Charge Bowdich. “Nor is the United States a safe haven for the fruits of corruption.” (in a statement from the Office of the Public Affairs via the FBI’s official website)
The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
The complaint filed was intended to recover the assets and properties acquired by Napoles and her family to disguise and enjoy their ill-gotten advances. These properties and assets were acquired from funds that were supposed to help the victims of disasters through relief and development assistance.
The acquired assets include a motel in Anaheim California near Disneyland, a building in Covina, California (that is said to be a former daycare center), a house in Irvine, California and a $100 million condo unit from the Ritz-Carlton Residences that was now sold and was formerly named under Jeane Napoles, the youngest daughter of Janet.
Other properties that were mentioned from the complaint were the 19% shares from the California-based consulting firm and a Porsche Boxster.
The complaint stated that from 2004-2012, Janet Napoles, paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to Philippine politicians in exchange of over $200 million funding for her non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The NGOs did not deliver its supposed services or either falls short to its promises as she took the money for her own personal use and benefit.
To date, Napoles along with her two children and numerous accused (former Philippine politicians and other government officials) has been charged in the corruption case most commonly known as the ‘PDAF scam’ or the ‘pork barrel scam.’
The complaint alleged that Napoles transferred over $12 million to U.S. accounts under the names of, or controlled by her family and used the said accounts to buy properties in California such as a condominium in the Ritz-Carlton Residences, a motel and other properties.
Napoles is currently detained, serving a sentence of life imprisonment for her part into the kidnapping of her cousin, Benhur Luy in 2014.
Prominent political names were also charged into the case as Napoles gave prosecutors a list that accuses more than 100 people including Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
The said complaint also served as a warning to corrupt officials not just in the Philippines but other countries as well to reinforce the fight against graft and corruption.
“It will give a warning also to a lot of corrupt officials in the Philippines as well as other countries that the U.S. is not a hiding place for their loot.” said Atty. Ted Laguatan (from an abs-cbn interview) of U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance.