Young Woman’s ‘Money Bath’ Pics Catch Tax Man’s Eye Amidst Corruption Scandal Surrounding Her Mother


Jeane Napoles, a young Philippine woman who posted pictures online of her lavish life including one showing her bathing in money is to be charged with tax evasion.

Her mother, Janet Napoles, a businesswoman, is currently being investigated over one of the country’s biggest corruption scandals. Government investigators allege that she helped members of the Philippine parliament embezzle 10 billion pesos ($230 million) in government funds.

Three opposition senators as well as former president Gloria Arroyo, who is in jail for election fraud and graft, are among those swept up in the investigation and could face criminal charges for misuse of funds.

The corruption scandal prompted thousands to march in the streets in massive rallies against graft.

Prior to the scandal, 23-year-old Jeane Napoles regularly took to Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube to document her high-flying lifestyle.

But after Filipino newspapers in June broke the news about her mother’s alleged links to corruption, her posts drew anger from the public, for many believe a few families are enriching themselves unfairly.

Ms Napoles deactivated her social media accounts but her photos and videos had already become viral.

Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares said Ms Napoles caught the attention o f the bureau through her numerous online pictures and that the tax evasion complaint against her was not linked to the corruption allegations against her mother.

The bureau cited a Los Angeles condominium that the daughter allegedly acquired for 54.73 million pesos in 2011, and a Philippine property she bought in 2012.

A student studying fashion design, the young woman had not filed any income tax returns, itself evidence of tax evasion, according to Ms Henares.

Ms Henares denied any political motive in prosecuting the daughter and said she was merely enforcing tax laws.

“Whether it is her fault or her mother’s fault, someone will go to jail,” said Ms Henares.

Ogbeni Walor

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