NBI nabs PSC employee for payroll fraud

    An employee of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is now jailed at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for his participation in alleged payroll fraud. Investigators discovered that the scheme has been in place for the past five years and the suspect has accumulated at least P14 million.

    NBI agents arrested Paul Michael Padua Ignacio, an employee under the PSC Personnel Department, in an entrapment operation on Tuesday at the PSC Administration Building in Malate, Manila.

    Ignacio is said to have paid the PSC payroll for athletes and coaches by including inactive members of the national team.

    PSC Deputy Executive Director Attorney Guillermo Iroy, who oversees the commission’s legal affairs, said that Ignacio did not resist arrest and claimed that he was “already aware” of his predicament.

    “Charges of falsification of documents and qualified theft are expected to be filed against Mr. Ignacio, but the latter would have more weight in the case because it is non-bailable,” said Iroy.

    Ignacio is said to have admitted guilt when a radio reporter interviewed him while he was being held in NBI headquarters.

    The PSC also requested the assistance of the NBI after the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Century Park Hotel Branch in Malate warned the sports agency of a suspected payroll anomaly.

    An LBP official said they were monitoring “large cash transactions and aggregated transactions,” all of which merited a “red flag.” All transactions were traced back to Ignacio’s LBP payroll account with the PSC.

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