Ex-LTO employee embezzles nearly P6 million in government money

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UP TO P6 million in government funds were allegedly pocketed by a former employee of the Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO 7) who was earlier arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) operatives for failing to liquidate the money.

Marissa Veriña, former disbursing officer of LTO 7, was arrested by the police on July 5 in Lapu-Lapu City based on 30 arrest warrants issued by the court against her for several cases, including malversation of public funds, falsification of public documents and graft and corruption and other cases with P30,000 bail granted for each case.

Sixteen more warrants of arrest were issued against her on Tuesday, July 12, and one arrest warrant the following day, July 13.

The arrest warrants were issued by various regional trial courts in Cebu City after finding probable cause against Veriña.

Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of CIDG-Central Visayas, said the suspect failed to properly liquidate the almost P6 million in funds that were intended for the salaries and allowances of her fellow employees and the agency's operating expenses such as payments for electricity, water and gasoline.

A bail totaling to more than P2 million have been recommended by the courts for the suspect, but Dalogdog said that even if Veriña settles the bail, she still could not be released from prison as one of her cases with eight counts of malversation of public funds has no bail recommended.

When SunStar Cebu interviewed then LTO-Central Visayas director Alex Leyson in 2007, he said he relieved Veriña after she admitted to pocketing the money. (AYB, TPT)

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