Ex-immigration official named ‘main plunderer’ in Jack Lam bribery case

The Philippine Ombudsman has named a former Immigration official as the ‘main plunderer’ who extorted PHP50 million (US$939,750) from casino and online gambling operator Jack Lam.

Rappler reported that the Philippines Sandiganbayan (anti-graft court) granted the request of the Ombudsman to amend its complaint on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) bribery scandal, with the agency’s former Deputy Commissioner Al Argosino now identified as the mastermind in the scheme.

With the amended complaint, the defendants in the case are Argosino, former BI deputy commissioner Michael Robles and Lam’s alleged middleman Wenceslao “Wally” Sombero.

“Argosino, by himself and/or in conspiracy with his co-accused, Michael Robles, and Wenceslao Sombero did then and there accumulate and acquire, directly or indirectly, ill-gotten wealth in the aggregate amount of P50 million,” the amended complaint read, according to the news outlet.

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