US Justice Department to take PH scam Napoles assets–Department wants to take $12.5 million in assets of Janet Napoles, known as the Philippine scam queen.
Janet “Jenny” Luy Lim-Napoles, linked with an alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF together with Philippine Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and other congressmen in the Philippines.
Napoles and her husband found connected in obtaining ₱3.8 million worth of substandard Kevlar helmets, 2001, by Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The couple was charged with graft and malversation of public funds by the Sandiganbayan or people’s special tribunal.
Her husband was dropped from the list of defendants, 2002. Janet Napoles stood trial, and was acquitted on October 28, 2010 for insufficient evidence.
In 2013, Janet Napoles’s JLN Corporation paid less taxes than the average local public school teacher.
Records show from 2009 to 2011, the company paid between ₱9,036-25,164 in annual taxes, because a public school teacher at that time would have paid around ₱35,952 per year.
Currently, US Department tried to get $12.5 million in Janet Napoles assets. To have control over some of her assets including Los Angeles condominium, a motel near Disneyland, and a Porsche Boxster.
According to Department , Napoles moved US$12 million to US accounts in the names of, or controlled by, her family, and used it to buy a condominium in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the motel, and other properties.
Complaint filed in the Los Angeles Federal District Court, said that scam queen paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to Philippine politicians and officials from 2004-2012 to get $200 million in funds.
The money was intended to support less fortunate Filipino.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement, “The Justice Department will not allow the United States to become a playground for the corrupt or a place to hide and invest stolen riches”.
Napoles found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, sentenced of reclusion perpetua, April 14, 2015.
However, Napoles and her lawyers will appeal the decision at the court.