Napoles couple answers tax evasion raps

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MANILA -- Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles and her husband Jaime finally answered the P61-million tax evasion case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against them in late September.

The couple's lawyer Ian Encarnacion, however, declined to divulge the content of the joint counter-affidavit as respect to the sub-judice rule, which stops parties from discussing the merits of a pending complaint in public.

Encarnacion said the document was subscribed to by his clients before a public prosecutor in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on December 5. Napoles has been detained at Fort Sto. Domingo located in Sta. Rosa for alleged serious illegal detention of scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.

Earlier, the Department of Justice's three-man investigating team junked the couple's reply to the charges because it was subscribed to a private lawyer, which is in violation of the Rules of Court.

The BIR has until December 17 to submit a reply to the couple's joint counter-affidavit. Also on the same day, Napoles' daughter Jeane is required to submit a counter-affidavit to her P32.06-million tax evasion case.

Her tax deficiency was broken down into P31.38 million in 2011 and P0.68 million in 2012 inclusive of surcharge and interest.

Jeane, who was criticized for her lavish lifestyle, got her tax identification number in 2008 but never filed an ITR since that year.

She purchased in 2011 a condominium unit in Los Angeles, California worth P54.73 million. The 23-year-old also has a 1/9 share in a Bayambang, Pangasinan property purchased in 2012 worth P1.49 million. (Sunnex)

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