The Queen of All Media Kris Aquino filed qualified theft charges against her ex-project manager and business partner.
Aquino filed complaints against Nicardo Falcis II after he allegedly siphoned off money from her business for personal use, reported GMA News.
The well-known television personality submitted her separate complaints before city prosecutors in Mandaluyong, San Juan, Taguig, Pasig, Makati, Manila, and Quezon City, according to her camp.
Aquino filed charges for 44 counts of qualified theft against Falcis under Article 310 in relation to Articles 308 and 309 of the Revised Penal Code and for violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.
Through a statement, Aquino said that Falcis has been using a credit card issued for the expenses of her production company Kristina C. Aquino Productions (KCAP) for his personal benefit.
“In all, respondent had charged P1,270,980.31 to the KCAP Card for personal expenses without my consent. Prior to my discovery of these expenses and demand for their payment, respondent neither informed me about them nor undertook or made arrangements to settle them,” Aquino said in the complaints she filed.
Aquino also posted a video on her Instagram account showing the credit card statement.
“I personally edited this myself because my doctors encouraged me to release all that is still hurting and angering me,” she said.
Falcis reportedly tried to return the “misappropriated” money by giving Aquino a check worth more than P437,000. However, that “would not belie the fact that there was a crime committed through serious breach of her trust.”
It was in July 2018 when Aquino discovered that Falcis has been taking money from her company.
As of press time, Falcis has not yet released a statement regarding the issue.