How lying in SALN can result in imprisonment

Posted at 03/14/2014 12:11 AM | Updated as of 03/14/2014 8:10 AM

MANILA – A former Bureau of Customs officer has been convicted of perjury and violation of Section 7 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) by the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila, the Ombudsman said Thursday.

Ana Marie Concepcion Maglasang, former Customs Operations Officer V, was found guilty of 5 counts of perjury and 5 counts of violating RA 3019 for failing to submit a true and detailed Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

The Office of the Ombudsman said Maglasang failed to declare in her SALNs several properties located at Filinvest East Subdivision in Rizal, a two-storey mansion in Royale Tagaytay Estates, and houses and lots at the Town and Country Executive Village in Cainta.

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

Judge Amalia S. Gumapos-Ricablanca sentenced Maglasang to be imprisoned from a minimum of 4 months and a day to 1 year and a day for each of the 5 perjury cases, and pay a fine of P5,000 for each of the 5 graft cases.