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    PSC not done with probe of P14M payroll fraud, vows to improve audit process

    Jul 21, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is determined to get to the bottom of the payroll scam that has rocked the government sports agency.

    PSC chairman William Ramirez said he is seeking the help of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) after the arrest of one of its staff for stealing government money.

    Ramirez returns to the PSC after taking a one-month leave to take care of his wife.

    “We need all the help we can get to get to the bottom of this and make every effort that nothing of this sort ever happens again,” said Ramirez after the PSC board meeting on Monday.

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    The National Bureau of Investigation arrested Paul Michael Ignacio last week after it was discovered that he has been channeling PSC money to his own bank account using the names of athletes and coaches who are no longer entitled to receive monthly allowances from the government.

    The scam has been going on for five years with Ignacio allegedly obtaining P14 million.

    In his letter to the OSG, Ramirez sought “assistance in instituting proper proceedings relative to the complaint filed against Paul Michael Ignacio.” The PSC chairman is also seeking to include garnishment of all real or personal property so that the funds can be returned to the government.

    Ramirez said the PSC also vowed to strengthen its auditing procedures to prevent a repeat of such incident.

    “We need fresh eyes to take a look at our processes and seek out areas that need to be strengthened,” said Ramirez.

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