Government supplier convicted of graft due to ghost delivery
A government contractor was sentenced by the Sandiganbayan to imprisonment of 6 to 10 years after he was found guilty of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Ricardo Adriano, proprietor of Julia Enterprises and General Merchandise, was charged together with Ofelia Caunan, former OIC-General Services Office of Parañaque City, for the ghost delivery of two units of compost garbage and recycling equipment procured in 2000.
In its Decision, the Sandiganbayan found that in December 2000, Parañaque City procured from Julia Enterprises 14 units of compost garbage and recycling equipment for distribution to barangays. Upon verification, the Commission on Audit found that two units of the garbage equipment were not delivered to Barangay Marcelo Green as testified to by its barangay chairman. Despite non-delivery, Adriano received payments totaling P861,600.00.
The Sandiganbayan ruled that “the evidence is replete on record to grip [Adriano’s] criminal liability” as “there is evidence to prove conspiracy between Ofelia Caunan and the accused.” The court explained that “it was the conspiracy behind it which allowed [Adriano] to claim payment sans delivery of the procured equipment to the damage and prejudice of the City of Parañaque.”
Caunan was earlier convicted by the Sandiganbayan in April 2008, however, the court obtained jurisdiction over Adriano only in 2008 after he was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation. Caunan was also found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of graft and was sentenced to suffer the penalty of 6 to 10 years imprisonment. ###