DOJ sets hearings on Napoles couple's tax evasion cases-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
THE Department of Justice (DOJ) will start hearing the P61.1-million tax evasion cases filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles and her husband Jaime next week.
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, head of the three-man investigating panel, said the first hearing was set at 2 p.m. on October 21. Expected to attend the hearing are the Napoles couple, their lawyers and representatives from the BIR, who will subscribe to the complaint affidavit.
The Napoleses, meanwhile, will be required to refute the charges.
Summonses were sent to the couple's residence and the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where Napoles has been detained for a separate case of serious illegal detention filed by pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
The second hearing was scheduled on November 5.
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 also facing plunder cases for the alleged diversion of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and Malampaya gas fund to her fake non-government organizations (NGOs). (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)