Filipino extradited to US to face theft charges

April 23, 2010 8:06 pm 

MANILA, April 23 –The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has extradited to the United States a Filipino a man who was wanted in the US for charges of receiving stolen property amounting to US$ 698,000 from his wife’s employer suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Extraditee Jonathan P. Enriquez, 39, of 11 Villa Socorro Road, Project 8, Quezon City was escorted by NBI agents to the US on Friday.

“He was extradited on Friday to Los Angeles, United States (US). The NBI agents turned him over to US Marshal so he can face his trial in the US,” head agent lawyer Claro de Castro said.

He faces criminal charges in the Superior Court of State of California, County of Los Angeles for receiving stolen property. He then fled to the Philippines to hide.

Enriquez was arrested sometime in Nov. 6, 2009 based on arrest warrant issued by Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 1.

The US government, represented by Philippine’s Department of Justice (DOJ), filed extradition case on Nov. 18, 2008. The court set no bail.

A report of Special Investigator Sixto D. Espenesin Jr., of the NBI Interpol Division, showed Enriquez, with alias “Jonathan Anas,” and his wife, Maribel Enriquez, 43, fled to the Philippines years ago.

Maribel faces theft from elder or dependent adult (grand theft) and receiving stolen property while Jonathan faces receiving stolen property.

Report said on April 22, 2003 in Culver City, California, Maribel, a Philippine registered nurse was hired by Andrea Lara, personal secretary of William Murphy Sr., part owner of Murphy Shelby Dodge Co., to take care of Murphy Sr. who is an elder or dependent adult and suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

On May 29, 2003 , Lara discovered that a personal check of Murphy Sr. was missing. When she called the issuing bank to request a stop payment of the check, she was informed the check had already been cashed in the amount of US8,000 at the US Bank at 5399 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City , California .

On June 4, 2003, Murphy Jr., and his father went to the Culver City Police Department and reported the crime.

On June 6, 2003 when Detective Darryl Jones showed the picture of Maribel to Nadine Danziger, the manager of US Bank, Culver City, she positively identified Maribel as the one who accompanied Murphy Sr. at the bank on May 28, 2003, who presented a check for cashing and issuance of cashier’s check worth US$ 698,000.

When Danziger asked again Murphy Sr. if he was sure he wanted the check cashed and the cashier’s check issued, the latter became irritated and slammed his fist down on the desk and gruffly said “Yes, I want it done, Just do it.” Danziger observed that his actuation was out of the ordinary based on her past observation with him.

The Enriquezes allegedly bought three new expensive vehicles – two Navigators and one Volvo — paid with two cashier’s check from car dealer Galpin Jaguar Lincoln Mercury. The vehicles were intended to be exported to the Philippines and the car dealer representative was suspicious on the entire transaction.

The crime investigator allegedly found out that Maribel increased the dosage of Murphy Sr.’s regular stimulant medication to make him “spacey” and managed to take him to his bank and have him negotiate a cashier’s check in the amount of US$ 698,000 made payable to a business account of Maribel co-owned by a relative.

After the crime was discovered, Murphy Jr. phoned Maribel’s house regarding his father’s checks but failed to contact her. When Murphy Jr. and his son, John Paul, went to her house, she promised to return the money but failed.

The NBI agents traced Enriquez in Quezon City and served the warrant on him on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in his house at 11 Villa Socorro Road , Project 8, Quezon City . On the other hand, Maribel was said to have still working as a nurse in the New York , U.S. after hiding in the Philippines. (PNA) RMA/JES

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