Ex-Customs exec fails to declare mansion, several properties

Posted at 03/13/14 11:40 AM

MANILA – A former Bureau of Customs officer has been convicted for perjury and graft, the Office of the Ombudsman said on Thursday.

The Office of the Ombudsman said the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court convicted former Customs Operations Officer V Ana Marie Concepcion Magsalang for five counts of perjury and five counts of violation of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

The Office of the Ombudsman said it was able to prove to the court that Magsalang failed to declare in her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 several properties located in Filinvest East Subdivision in Rizal, a two-storey mansion in Royale Tagaytay Estates, and houses and lots in Town and Country Executive Village in Cainta.

It said Magsalang violated Section 7 of RA 3019 and Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees which require the accomplishment and submission of a true, detailed and sworn SALN annually.

The court sentenced Magsalang to suffer four months and one day of "arresto mayor" as minimum to one year and one day of "prision correccional" as maximum for each of the five perjury cases.

Magsalang was also ordered to pay a fine of P5,000 for each of the five graft cases.