The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict for tax evasion Jeane Catherine Napoles, the youngest daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
Jeane earned the ire of the public after photos showing her luxurious lifestyle while studying abroad surfaced and went viral in various social networking sites at about the same time that her mother was being probed for her role in the pork barrel scam.
In a nine-page resolution approved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the DOJ recommended the filing of violation of sections 254 and 255 (two counts for each violation) of the 1997 National Internal Revenue Code for Jeane’s failure to file her income tax return (ITR) and pay her taxes for taxable years 2011 and 2012.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that alleged that the young Napoles bought a residential house in Los Angeles, California, worth $1.28 million or P54.73 million in July 2011.
She is also named as co-owner of two farm lots in Bayambang, Pangasinan, that were acquired in January 2012 for P1.49 million.
The BIR argued that since Jeane was able to acquire several pieces of property despite having no declared income, it shows that she had “unreported source of income which she used to acquire these [pieces of property].”
In her defense, the young Napoles claimed that the condominium unit in Los Angeles, California, was bought by her parents and was registered only under her name. She said it was also her parents who paid her share in two farm lots in Pangasinan and she was only named as a trustee.
The DOJ, however, said the respondent failed to present “convincing evidence” that will prove that her parents are the real buyers of those pieces of property.
No gift or donor’s taxes were also paid to support Jeane’s defense.
“Respondent’s claim, without documentary evidence being submitted to substantiate her assertions, remains empty or hollow” the resolution said.
Still pending before the DOJ is the P60-million tax evasion case filed by the BIR against respondent’s parents, Janet and Jaime Napoles.