NBI arrests BIR employee for 'attempted extortion’

Published December 1, 2021, 11:04 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation (2)

A Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) employee has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bantay, Ilocos Sur for allegedly attempting to extort P150,000 from a business woman.

The NBI identified the suspect as Cynthia G. Nones who was arrested during an entrapment operation conducted last Nov. 19 by the bureau’s Vigan District Office (NBI-VDO).

After her arrest, Nones was presented for inquest before the Ilocos Sur Provincial Prosecutors Office for direct bribery under Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code as amended; violation of Section 269 (d) of Republic Act (RA) 8424, the Tax Reform Act of 1997; violation of Section 7 (d) of RA 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officers; violation of Section 3 (b) or RA 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; robbery with intimidation as defined and penalized under Article 293 of the RPC; and administrative complaint for grave misconduct under the Civil Service Law.

The business woman herself sought the NBI’s assistance and filed the complaint herself.

The NBI said that “subject Nones informed the complainant of her assessed tax liability of P300,000 for a certain tax period.”

“The complainant then asked for a breakdown of her tax assessment, which showed that her tax liability is only P150,000 instead of P300,000,” it said.

It said that Nones claimed “the P150,000 will not appear on paper as they allegedly used some of it for their expenses in processing Complainant’s documents as well as a form of compensation for their reducing of her tax liability in the official records.”

“The complainant proceeded to the payment of her official tax liability of P150,000 but Nones demanded P150,000 as their compensation in reducing her tax liability,” the NBI said.

The complainant then sought NBI’s assistance, it added.