U.S. Wants Southern California Assets Tied To Disaster Relief Bribery Scandal in the Philippines

From OC Weekly, “Orange County is ground zero in a legal war between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the family of Janet Lim Napoles, a Filipino businesswoman who in an eight-year period allegedly swindled more than $225 million in government funds intended for typhoon disaster relief and developmental assistance in the Philippines.

Federal prosecutors based in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles have been trying since July 2015 to gain permanent control of assets in Southern California they say Napoles purchased with the funneled proceeds of her non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which operated on “bribes, kickbacks and embezzlement” in money laundering schemes. They claim the high school graduate falsified documents, paid Filipino politicians and bureaucrats kickbacks between 40 and 60 percent of program funds she obtained, kidnapped a cousin in fear he would become a whistleblower, either failed entirely to provide promised services or under-delivered, and kept nearly $68 million for herself in three fraud scams.”

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