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DoJ summons RCBC bank manager over $81M money laundering case

  • Written by Hector Lawas
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THE Department of Justice yesterday summoned Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) branch manager Maia Santos-Deguito to its preliminary investigation into the money laundering charges filed against her by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

In a two-page subpoena, investigating Asst. State Prosecutor Gilmarie Fe Pacamarra required Deguito to appear before the DoJ hearing on April 12 and 19 around 10 a.m.

The prosecutor ordered the respondent to answer AMLC’s complaint for violation of Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Also ordered to appear are the four unidentified persons behind the aliases Michael Francisco Cruz, Jessie Christopher Lagrosas, Alfred Santos Vergara, and Enrico Teodoro Vasquez, the supposed owners of the bank accounts where the $80,884,641.63 stolen by hackers from the Bangladesh Bank went.

Pacamarra issued a separate subpoena for AMLC officials, who were also required to attend the hearing.
   
In its complaint, AMLC deputy director Vencent Salido sought the indictment of Deguito and the four others for allegedly facilitating the laundering of the stolen money.
   
Filipino-Chinese businessman William Go, to whom the amount was reportedly transferred before the money was laundered in local casinos, was not included among the respondents.
   
The AMLC has accused Deguito, RCBC bank branch on Jupiter Street in Makati City, of facilitating the act of money laundering when she “allowed the opening of the subject bank accounts on 15 May 2015 based on identity documents that were verified to be fictitious.”
   
The AMLC said aside from the fact that Deguito failed to perform her responsibility of verifying the identities of the four depositors within nine months from the time the accounts were opened, she allowed them to withdraw the stolen money from Bangladesh Bank.
   
Deguito has already denied the allegation in the complaint.