BIR worker charged with graft

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Thursday, January 30, 2014


FOR allegedly stealing P671,457 in government funds, a computer operator of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Cebu City will face trial after she was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.

Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Irish Amores found evidence to indict Mae Cheryl Enguio for an alleged violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“Respondent (Enguio) deliberately reflected on the BIR records that the correct taxes were paid when in truth a lesser amount was paid,” the resolution read.

Bail was set at P30,000 for the accused, whose case was resolved after she failed to submit her counter-affidavit.

Enguio was charged by BIR District 13 and Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention and the anti-graft office.

The inquiry of BIR-Special Investigation Division resulted to discovery that Enguio allegedly “maneuver” the records to show that only P159,960 was paid by spouses Rico and Myra Rentuza in 2010.

The Rentuzas are supposed to pay P831,417 for capital gains and documentary stamp taxes for a parcel of land they brought from a bank.

Enguio was dismissed from service by the anti-graft office and she was barred from working in the government after she was found liable for dishonesty.

Modus operandi

The accused’s alleged “modus operandi is that she will make it appear that the capital gains tax and documentary tax as reflected on the returns of the subject taxpayers were paid in bank when in truth, there was no payment or only a lesser amount was paid, thus, depriving the government of much needed revenues.”

The documents of the Regional Data Center-Visayas showed that Enguio recorded payments for documentary stamp tax and capital gains tax amounting to P198,285 and P633,132, respectively.

But a document endorsed by the bank to the BIR showed that only P159,960 was deposited to the bank instead of P831,417 as total payment for the couple’s capital gains and documentary stamp taxes.

Enguio was also charged with estafa through falsification of official document (violation of the Revised Penal Code) and violation of Sec. 3019 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in court for allegedly stealing P202,500 intended as payment for taxes in 2010.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 30, 2014.

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