Singer and company owner Claire Dela Fuente had been sentenced to seven years in prison for tax evasion.
The Court of Tax Appeal ruled that Claire failed to file the income tax returns of her bus company Philippine Corinthian Liner Corporation (PCLC) from 1998 to 2004.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed seven counts of tax evasion against Dela Fuente’s bus company 10 years ago, and the Court of Tax Appeal said that “for each of the consolidated criminal cases, she is hereby sentenced to suffer the straight penalty of imprisonment of one year.”
The court also fined Claire P150,000, with imprisonment and an additional P50,000 in case she does not pay the original fine.
Dela Fuente pleaded not guilty, saying her company only started in 2005. But PCLC’s records with the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board, Securities and Exchange Commission and Land Transportation Office showed the company began operating before 2005.
The court also dismissed PCLC’s 2005 BIR registration, tagging it “spurious” or fake.