THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) will scrutinize hundreds of bank deposits belonging to Janet Lim Napoles and members of her family, several non-government organizations (NGOs) and associates of the woman who is suspected to be the mastermind of the pork barrel scam.
The Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday empowered the AMLC to scrutinize the 430 accounts in nine banks of Napoles, her husband, children and the NGOs she set up.
The Court’s Special Second Division gave the AMLC five months to examine the deposits and submit its findings.
Aside from Napoles, the council will look into the bank deposits of Jaime Napoles, the husband of the businesswoman who surrendered to President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday night, and their children Jo Christine, James Christopher, John Christian, Jeane and Jane Napoles and Janet’s brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim.
Reynald, who was ordered arrested by a Makati Court on charges of illegal detention, has gone into hiding.
The AMLC will also scrutinize the accounts of former Napoles employee Benhur Luy, his mother Gertrudes and Arthur Luy, Merlina Sunas, Evelyn Ditchon De Leon, Marina Sula, Nova Kaye Dulay Batal, Ronald Lim and Simonette Briones.
The AMLC will go over the account of Abundant Harvest For People’s Foundation Inc, Agricultura Para sa Magbubukid Foundation, Bukirin Tanglaw Foundation, Countrywide Agricultural and Rural Economic Development Foundation, A Smile Foundation, JCLN Global Properties Development Corp., JCLN Real Estate Consortium Inc., JLN Construction and Devt. Corp., JLN Corp. Jo-Christine Trading and ZNAC Rubber Estate Corp.
The accounts are in Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Citibank, Bank of Philippine Islands, Land Bank of the Philippines, Banco De Oro, Insular Bank, Metrobank, United Coconut Planters Bank and Air Materiel Wing Inc.
The Court said “there is probable cause to believe that the bank accounts belonging to or in the name of the aforementioned individuals and other persons or corporation entities mentioned above may be related to an unlawful activity.”
The Court of Appeals earlier froze several bank accounts of Napoles for six months.