Former Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Jesus Nieves and his family face an virtually P2 million forfeiture case over their unexplained wealth.
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the submitting of a forfeiture case in opposition to him, his spouse Segundina who was a former Education Supervisor II and their daughter Gwendolyn Sola who had been Data Controller III, assigned at DepEd Region VI, Western Visayas in Iloilo City.
Citing their Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 2005 to 2007, the Ombudsman stated their mixed declared earnings throughout this era is barely P1,953,597.50.
However, the Ombudsman discovered that this was not proportionate to the wealth they gathered from 2005 to 2007 which totaled P10,601,402.50.
“Note that respondent Nieves has no registered business interests or other declared legitimate sources of income,” learn the Ombudsman’s joint decision.
“As such, there is reasonable ground to believe that respondent Nieves committed a violation of Republic Act No. 1379, in conspiracy with his wife and stepdaughter,” it added. RA 1379 is an act declaring the forfeiture of properties in favor of the state if these are discovered to have been unlawfully acquired by a public official or worker.
Apart from the forfeiture case, the Ombudsman additionally discovered possible trigger in opposition to Jesus for Perjury for intentionally failing to declare an actual property property in his 2007 SALN in addition to three counts of graft in opposition to Gwendolyn for failing to file her SALNs from 2007 to 2009.