DOJ probes Masbate prosecutor in P2-M robbery case

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By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, 2-May-2013 – The assistant provincial prosecutor of Masbate who allegedly robbed his former employer of P2 million is now under investigation by the Department of Justice.

Prosecutor General Claro A. Arellano, head of the DOJ’s National Prosecution Service, Wednesday said he has ordered the Internal Affairs Unit of the Regional Prosecution Office in Bicol to look into the robbery incident involving lawyer Richard Lee, a prosecutor assigned in Masbate.

Lee, formerly employed as company lawyer of Fortune Medicare, Inc., allegedly forcibly took P2 million from FortuneCare representatives during their meeting at the National Labor Relations Commission office in Quezon City.

Security guards at the NLRC were unable to stop him as he rushed out of the building with the money because he was accompanied by armed men.

Lee is now facing theft and robbery charges before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.

He was also charged administratively for violating the Code of Conduct for the Prosecution Service.

His disbarment was also sought for his conduct unbecoming of a lawyer.

“When we learned about the incident involving Prosecutor Lee, we immediately directed our Internal Affairs Unit Region 5 to conduct an investigation,” Arellano said.

He said it was part of the existing procedure to refer the case to the Internal Affairs Unit in the Regional Prosecution Office Region 5 based in Legazpi City.

The unit will submit its findings and recommendations to the Internal Affairs Unit at the DOJ proper, Office of the Secretary, chaired by Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.(PNA)


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