FORMAL charges are now being readied against an employee of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) who was recently arrested on charges that he was allegedly falsifying the payrolls of athletes and coaches, and credited them into his own bank account.
NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric B. Distor disclosed that PSC employee Paul Michael Padua Ignacio, who is assigned at the commission's personnel office, will be charged with violation of Article 310 in relation to Article 309 (Qualified Theft) through violation of Article 172 in relation to Article 171 (Falsification of Public Documents), all under the Revised Penal Code, and for violation of R.A. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012).
Distor said the case stemmed from a letter-complaint sent by the PSC seeking assistance for a suspected fraud being committed by an employee.
Attached to the letter was a certification from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) regarding the unusual payroll transactions allegedly being credited to Ignacio.
Based on initial verification by the NBI, Ignacio has already embezzled P14,448,254.35 from August of 2015 up to May of 2020.
According to Distor, Ignacio was tasked to prepare the payroll for the monthly allowance of qualified coaches and athletes, and transmit them to the LBP.
But according to Distor, Ignacio allegedly included names of unqualified coaches and athletes in the payroll and puts his own payroll account number as the account number of the said unqualified coaches and athletes.
On July 14, 2020, the NBI-Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) arrested Ignacio in his office at the PSC in Manila. Seized were the suspect's laptop and desktop as evidence for the alleged fraud.