By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) — Felina Sabino Salinas, the business manager of Filipino televangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, is due in court on Tuesday, Feb.
27, at 10 a.m. for preliminary hearing for bulk smuggling in connection with the $355,000 cash found by Customs and Border Protection (CBPO) officers in her carry-on bag. She will appear before Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ms. Salinas, said to be from Davao City but lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, is free after posting $25,000 security bond and cash deposit of $5,000. Her passport was confiscated and her travel is restricted within the island of Oahu, where the Honolulu court is located.
According to the complaint filed by Special Agent Ann Mylene Haney of the Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) before the U.S District Court of Hawaii Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi, Salinas “with the intent to evade currency reporting requirement under Title 31, United States Code, Sec. 5316, did knowingly conceal more than $10,000 in currency, namely approximately $355,000 in U.S. dollars and $9,000 in Australian dollars, in an article luggage and did attempt to transport such currency from a place within the United States to a place outside the United States.”
Haney said that on Feb. 13, 2018, the CBOP officers conducted an outbound inspection of a Cessna private jet, #N425PQ/C-680, at Honolulu International Airport.The jet was en route to the Philippines, carrying two crew members and four passengers.
DECLARED US$40K & PHP1K
All passengers and crewmen were escorted to the Signature Flight Support lounge area.
THIS IS THE CESSNA private jet that was featured in the youtube video clip posted on the Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy that was seized by U.S. Federal agents after an undeclared US$355,000 AND $9000 Australian were found inside the jet. (JGLFacebook photograb)
CBPO Joseph Barino provided the passengers CBP Currency Reporting Forms.
A passenger later identified as Felina Sabina Salinas declared she was carrying US$40,000 and Philippine P1,000 in U.S. Currency Reporting Form.
Supervisor CBP Officer Ernest Durante and CBPO Wendy Lau-Castro, then, inspected a black rolling carry-on bag located inside the plane. They also observed numerous black socks that were neatly bundled.
When CBPO’s Durante and Lau-Castro opened the multiple bundles of socks, they observed stacks of $100.00 bills contained within the socks. CBPO Durante, then, stopped the inspection and secured the plane. Durante, then, notified the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Honolulu Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) Group Special Agents Ann Mylene Haney and James Chambers.
Salinas positively identified a blue purse, the black rolling carry-on bag that contained the currency, and a red backpack as her property.
After the agents counted the currency, the total amount inside the rolling carry-on bag was U.S.$335,000 and $9,000 Australian, which were not declared.
Salinas was charged with the offense of attempted bulk cash smuggling, which carries maximum of not more than five years imprisonment and “forfeiture to the U.S., any property, real or personal, involved in the offense, and any property traceable to such property.”
PASTOR APOLLO C. QUIBOLOY:
THIS IS THE official photo of Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy in his Facebook account. (JGLFacebook photograb)
After posting a $25,000 bond and a $5,000 cash deposit, she was released from detention but she was prohibited from possessing any firearm, ammunition, destructive device or other dangerous weapon. She was requested to provide financial information and allowed to take part in voluntary stress and anxiety counseling as arranged by Pretrial Services. She must also cooperate in the collection of DNA sample if authorized by 42 U.S.C. Sec. 14135a.
SERIOUS FLIGHT RISK
During the detention hearing on Feb. 14, Salinas was held without bail being a “serious risk defendant will flee.”
Ms. Salinas is prohibited from contacting “directly, indirectly, or through third parties with co-defendants, co-conspirators, or witnesses in this and any related case. The United States Attorney’s Office will provide Pretrial Services with initial and updated lists of names of persons with whom contact is prohibited.”
She has been placed on home detention restriction, which restricts her to stay in her residence at all times except for employment, education, religious services, medical, substance abuse or mental health treatment, attorney visits, court appearances, court-ordered obligations or other activities pre-approved by Pretrial Services.
Ms. Salinas was also placed under Passive Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring program and is “prohibited from entering any airports, boat harbors, or places of egress on Oahu.”
PASTOR & MANAGER:
PASTOR APOLLO C. QUIBOLOY and his manager, Felina Sabino Salinas, are shown in this Facebook photo. (JGL Facebook photograb)
During her initial appearance before Judge Richard L. Puglisi, Ms. Salinas was assisted by a court-appointed lawyer, Melinda Yamaga, while the government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marshall H. Silverberg. She was also provided an interpreter, Lila Edna Bautista.
When the plane was impounded, Pastor Quiboloy was rushing to attend the “live Thanksgiving and Worship” presentation at the Ynares convention Center in Antipolo City in the Philippines on Feb. 18.
Prior to the impounding of the plane, Pastor Quiboloy had just presided over the “Live Thanksgiving and Worship Presentation at Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale 100 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, California on Feb. 4, 2018 at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time or Feb. 5, Monday, Feb. 5, 5 a.m. Philippine Time.
In his Facebook account, Pastor Quiboloy, 67, who is also based in Davao City, says he is affiliated with The Kingdom of Jesus Christ and and is the “Appointed Son of God.” In his personal information, it says, “He’s just an ordinary man like all of us. Yet among the seven billion members of the fallen Adamic race, the Father has chosen this man to fulfill His salvation plan.
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