Ombudsman sacks BIR assistant commissioner

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered on Wednesday the dismissal from service of a high-ranking official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for serious dishonesty and gross neglect of duty.

In a statement, Morales said that BIR Assistant Commissioner Zenaida Chang was found guilty of deliberately concealing her true net worth in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) for the period 1995 to 2007 and for "acquiring assets with illicitly obtained funds."

"It [was] found that she under declared her true net worth as she could not explain the yearly increase ranging from P512,000 to P710,000 for the period 1996 to 2000, and why her own declared wealth increased by at least P5,287,000," Morales said.

The Office of the Ombudsman also directed the filing of eight criminal charges against Chang for making false statements under oath about her net worth as declared in her SALNs from 2000 to 2007.

Morales added that for acquiring ill-gotten wealth in the conservative amount of P5,287,000.00, a Petition for Forfeiture has also been filed against Chang.

"The Office also ordered the filing of (a) Informations for eight (8) counts of Perjury for falsely declaring her net worth, and (b) a Petition for Forfeiture before the proper court for acquiring ill-gotten wealth amounting to P5,287,000.00," the resolution stated. (Sunnex)

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