Nueva Ecija town treasurer rapped for faking public documents

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman has upheld the indictment for falsification of public documents against Cabiao, Nueva Ecija municipal treasurer, Josephine Caingat, for making it appear that a certain Melanie Mina had received and endorsed a check worth PHP200,000 and that the latter had authorized her to encash it.

A probe showed that the signatures on one of the checks issued to pay for the purchase of a property owned by Mina was considerably dissimilar to her actual signature, as shown in her complaint-affidavit, tax identification number and postal IDs.

Likewise, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and local government unit (LGU) IDs used to endorse the check actually belonged to Caingat.

The Ombudsman resolution said that “only Caingat could have received and endorsed the check for P200,000” and that she “failed to prove that she was authorized to endorse it on complainant Mina’s behalf”.

Caingat also made no effort to explain how and why her government IDs turned up in facilitating the anomalous transaction, it said.

“Such omission further indicates her wrongful intent to misrepresent and conceal an irregular, if not anomalous, transaction,” the resolution added. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA/