So there are new reports on another Filipina arrested for fraudulant activity in the states. Last summer, there were reports of 42 people accused in a California Medicaid scam that swindled the state out of nearly $4.6 million. The scam was despicable due to the fact that the victims were disabled patients and it was orchestrated by two Filipinas. Recent reports show that Mary Ann Maslog, the woman who delivered a P3-million bribe in Malacanang 11 years ago in connection with a P200-million textbook contract and was on the run for a string of swindling cases in the Philippines and the United States, has finally been arrested.
Former textbook agent Mary Ann T. Maslog-Smith was arrested last week in Seattle and will stand trial for alleged fraudulent activities done through Virginia-based firm International Business Network Inc. (IBN).
Maslog-Smith was involved in a 1999 bribery textbook contract scam in the Philippines.
She is now awaiting extradition to Memphis, Tennessee. She has been charged with 6 counts of wire fraud and 2 counts of mail fraud.
According to reports, Smith received money from unsuspecting victims to help them get student visas to the US.
The company, according to authorities, charged as much as $6,480 per student to gain access to visas. IBN also offered permanent resident status or green cards.
Based on the indictments sheet, unidentified victims lost about $34,000.
Federal agents and the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau have been investigating Smith and IBN since last year after receiving a number of complaints from victims.
A trial date has yet to be scheduled.
Fraudulent activity is nothing new in the Philippines. There are countless numbers of people who get scammed out of their money on requests for visas or other immigration documents. For more on the article, click here.