Ex-bank manager's bail request denied by RTC

Posted at 08/28/14 2:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A court in Tarlac City denied the petition for bail of a former bank, who was accused of qualified theft.

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 65 Judge Ma. Magdalena A. Balderama denied the petition for bail of Ana Marie de Leon, former manager of the closed First Provincial Bank located in Tarlac, because of the strong evidence against her.

First Provincial Bank was closed by the Monetary Board last April 19, 2012, and placed under receivership of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC).

In its complaint, the PDIC charged de Leon for violation of Article 310 of the Revised Penal Code. The PDIC alleged that de Leon withdrew P6.60 million without authorization from various depositors, and unlawfully took the proceeds of the withdrawals.

The unauthorized withdrawals were discovered by the depositors only when they filed their deposit insurance claims with the PDIC after the bank’s closure. The depositors, who denied making withdrawals, learned the balances reflected in their passbooks were substantially lower than what were recorded in the books of the closed bank.

The PDIC investigation showed de Leon signed and approved said withdrawals.

Former cashiers of the closed bank issued a joint affidavit, saying that de Leon personally posted and transacted the withdrawals from the depositors’ accounts. De Leon also had password control of the savings system for tellers and the cashier.

Associate Prosecution Attorney II Liza C. Olinares said that de Leon exercised grave abuse of confidence with the intent to gain and to defraud the bank. She had recommended that the case be non-bailable.