The Office of the Ombudsman has filed a petition for forfeiture against Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Assistant Commissioner Zenaida Chang because of her unexplained wealth.
According to the Ombudsman, the third-highest tax official had acquired ill-gotten wealth amounting to the “conservative” amount of P5,287,000.
The anti-graft office found that Chang, who manages the BIR’s budget and procurement, had acquired property which cannot be explained by her income as a public official (about P300,000).
Chang also faces eight counts of perjury for “falsely declaring” her net worth in her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) from 1995 to 2007.
“She could not explain the yearly increase ranging from P512,000.00 to P710,000.00 for the period 1996 to 2000, and why her own declared wealth increased by at least P5,287,000,” the Ombudsman said.
Last Tuesday, Chang was ordered dismissed from service for serious dishonesty and gross neglect of duty.
In a joint resolution last month, the Ombudsman filed the eight criminal charges against the BIR official for making false statements under oath about her net worth from 2000 to 2007.
The case stemmed from a complaint by the anti-graft unit of the Department of Finance in 2009, alleging that Chang amassed unexplained wealth, property and vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Ombudsman expects to resolve cases quicker as it steps up guidelines in interagency cooperation and legal draftsmanship.
The anti-graft office has revised its Guidelines of Cooperation with the Interagency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC), which is headed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
IAAGCC member agencies are the Department of Justice, Department of Finance, National Bureau of Investigation, Office of the President, Department of Budget and Management, Civil Service Commission, Commission on Audit, and Office of the Ombudsman.