Ironically, luxury became her downfall.
Jeane Catherine Lim Napoles was charged with tax evasion on Thursday for not declaring income for multimillion-peso properties she had purchased and registered in her name, including a unit in the much-ballyhooed glitzy Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Since she became a registered taxpayer in 2008, the 23-year-old daughter of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam, has not declared any income.
It was the turn of the young Napoles to be charged with tax evasion two weeks after her mother and father were charged with the same offence by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
Her two siblings-Jo Christine and James Christopher-are also in trouble with the law.
Levito Baligod, lawyer of whistle-blowers in the pork barrel scam, said last week that he would include the two siblings in the plunder case filed in the Office of the Ombudsman for "direct involvement in the falsification and liquidation of documents" in connection with the P900 million (S$26 million) from the Malampaya Fund that was released through the Department of Agrarian Reform in 2009.
Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said the BIR was suing Jeane Catherine for P32.06 million in tax liability, inclusive of interests and surcharges, broken down into P31.38 million in 2011 and P680,000 in 2012.
This was because she did not declare an income when she was able to acquire and register in her name real estate in taxable years 2011 and 2012.