DOJ ready to submit bank records to Senate

Department of Justice (DOJ)
Department of Justice (DOJ)

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) is now holding the bank records of the individuals involved in the $81-million money laundering scandal and is ready to submit it to the Senate anytime.

According to the DOJ, the bank records and transactions will serve as evidence in the criminal cases earlier filed by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) against bank executive Maia Santos-Deguito and four others involved in the multi-million dollar money laundering scandal.

The bank accounts allegedly belong to Michael Francisco Cruz, Jessie Christopher Lagrosas, Alfred Santos Vergara and Enrico Teodoro Vasquez.

AMLC earlier disclosed that these names as well as the accounts were fictitious and made only by Deguito, a former manager of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Jupiter (Makati) branch.

The DOJ also has a copy of the bank records and transactions of William Go, one of the individuals being investigated in the money-laundering cases involving funds allegedly stolen from the Bangladesh central bank.

It was on February 4 when the laundered money was consolidated and deposited in a dollar account of Go for DBA Centurytex Trading.

The DOJ said it is waiting for the request of the Senate blue ribbon committee for the bank records. The department however said that the requests must have a clearance from AMLC and must state the specific bank records that should be submitted to the investigating panel.

Deguito is facing a case for violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act for allowing and facilitating the withdrawal transaction of four accounts, which are eventually known to be fictitious.

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