Readers might be interested in the details of a tax evasion case proceeding in the Philippines, where Jeane Catherine Napoles declined to enter a plea at her arraignment on June 8. She is the daughter of alleged scammer Janet Napoles, who allegedly funneled billions of Philippine pesos to herself via bogus NGOs and corrupt government dealings.
The Philippine government alleges that the younger Napoles evaded income taxes amounting to 17.4 million pesos, approximately $385,000. With penalties and interest, the amount the government is seeking has increased to 32 million pesos, approximately $700,000. When Napoles refused to enter a plea, the presiding judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.
Following the arraignment, Napoles’ attorney said his client was unemployed and therefore not responsible for the payment of income tax under Philippine law. The case has garnered public scrutiny because Napoles lived a lavish and public lifestyle both before and after allegations that her mother stole public funds and made illegal deals with public officials. The younger Napoles allegedly paid 54.73 million pesos, $1,280,000, for a condominium at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles in July 2011.
She was previously charged with failure to file tax returns for the years 2011 and 2012 and declined to enter a plea in that case as well. The two cases have been consolidated and are pending before the Court of Tax Appeals, 3rd Division, in the Philippines.