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DOJ finds probable cause vs former PSC employees involved in payroll fraud

DOJ finds probable cause vs former PSC employees involved in payroll fraud
Paul Ignacio, Michaelle Jones Velarde, and Lymuel Seguilla will face an assortment of cases for their involvement in the PSC payroll padding scheme

The former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) employees involved in the payroll padding scheme will face an assortment of cases as the Department of Justice (DOJ) found probable cause on the complaint against them.

The DOJ recommended the filing of several counts of qualified theft, attempted qualified theft, cyber-related forgery, and computer-related fraud against Paul Ignacio, Michaelle Jones Velarde, and Lymuel Seguilla.

In July last year, the National Bureau of Investigation arrested Ignacio for redirecting the payroll of national team athletes and coaches into his own back account.

Ignacio embezzled at least P14 million from August 2015 to May 2020 based on initial verification.

Velarde and Seguilla, meanwhile, were discovered working in connivance with Ignacio during the investigation.

PSC chief Butch Ramirez said the agency sought the help of the Office of the Solicitor General and the Anti-Money Laundering Council to ensure that the funds are returned to the government. 

“It is a regrettable incident but it compelled us to fast-track upgrades and consider a second-look at existing processes,” said Ramirez as he ordered the prompt reorganization of the PSC.

As recommended in the DOJ resolution, cases will be filed in the Regional Trial Court of Imus, Cavite. – Rappler.com

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