Panel formed to probe Napoles couple’s tax evasion cases-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
MANILA -- Three prosecutors were tasked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to evaluate the P61.1-million tax evasion cases filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against alleged pork barrel scam architect Janet Napoles and her husband Jaime.
In an Office Order dated October 7, Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said the members of the panel are Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, Assistant State Prosecutor Allan Mariano and Prosecution Attorney Mark Roland Estepa.
The first hearing of the preliminary investigation has yet to be set.
The government is running after P44.68 million in unpaid dues from Napoles while her husband has a tax liability amounting to P16.43 million.
The BIR said Napoles failed to supply correct and accurate information in her income tax return (ITR) for years 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 and did not file ITRs from 2010 to 2012. Her tax registration was cancelled in 2010.
Jaime, on the other hand, did not declare anything in 2009 and failed to file ITRs in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
However, the BIR said the couple purchased various real properties, a number of motor vehicles, several insurance policies and club shares from 2004 to 2012. They also invested millions of pesos in various new corporations.
Napoles is facing plunder cases for the alleged diversion of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and Malampaya gas fund to her fake non-government organizations (NGOs).
But she is under police custody for allegedly keeping whistleblower Benhur Luy against his will for three months. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)