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U.S. returns US$ 100,000 taken from Garcia's sons

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The United States government on Thursday turned over a US$ 100,000 check to the Ombudsman, which constitutes money confiscated by US authorities from the sons of former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia.

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. presented to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales the check in the amount of US$ 100,000 (approximately P4,399,000) payable to the Republic of the Philippines.

He said the check constitutes the return of money by the United States government considered as "ill-gotten" gains acquired by the former AFP comptroller.

"I am very pleased to present Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales with this check today, as a symbol of the continuing commitment of the United States to support President Aquino's anti-corruption programs, and to ensure that stolen assets are returned to their rightful owners, in this case, the Government and people of the Philippines," he said.

In November 2003, two of Garcia's sons attempted to smuggle US$ 100,000 in cash into the US via San Francisco.

The money was seized by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and later forfeited to the US when the Garcia men pleaded guilty to attempted smuggling and were sentenced.

In 2010, the Office of the Ombudsman requested that the US$ 100,000 be returned to the Philippines under the US-Philippine Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. The money is being returned to the Philippines as part of the US government policy of returning the proceeds of corruption to its rightful owner.

By PNA




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