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 a preliminary hearing for bulk smuggling of $355,000 cash. Customs and Border Protection (CBPO) officers found the cash in her carry-on bag. She will appear before Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Salinas, who is said to be from Davao City but lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, was released from detention after she posted a $25,000 security bond and a 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 Investigations (HSI) before the U.S District Court of Hawaii Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi, Salinas, with intent to evade currency reporting requirement under Title 31, United States Code, Sec. 5316.” Salinas “did knowingly conceal more than $10,000 in currency, namely approximately $355,000 in U.S. dollars and $9,000 in Australian dollars, in an article luggage and did attempt to transport such currency from a place within the United States to a place outside the United States.”
Haney said that on Feb. 13, 2018, the CBOP officers conducted an outbound inspection of a Cessna private jet at Honolulu International Airport.The jet was en route to the Philippines, carrying two crew members and four passengers.
Declared US$ 40K and PH P1K
All passengers and crewmen were escorted to the Signature Flight Support lounge area. CBPO Joseph Barino provided the passengers with Currency Reporting Forms. Salinas declared she was carrying US$40,000 and Philippine P1,000.
When Supervisor CBP Officer Ernest Durante and CBPO Wendy Lau-Castro inspected a black rolling carry-on bag inside the plane and observed numerous black socks that were neatly bundled which had stacks of $100 bills in it. Durante stopped the inspection, secured the plane and notified the Honolulu Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) Group Special Agents Ann Mylene Haney and James Chambers.
Salinas positively identified a blue purse, the black rolling carry-on bag that contained the currency, and a red backpack as her property. After agents counted the currency, a total of US$ 335,000 and 9,000 Australian dollars were not declared.
Salinas was charged with attempted bulk cash smuggling. The offense carries a 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.”
She was released from detention after posting a security bond and cash deposit and prohibited from possessing any firearm, ammunition, destructive device or other dangerous weapons. 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.” She was also 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 was to provide Pretrial Services with initial and updated lists of names of persons with whom contact is prohibited.”
Salinas was placed on home detention restriction. This 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. She 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.”
During her initial appearance before Judge Richard L. Puglisi, Salinas was assisted by a court-appointed lawyer, Melinda Yamaga. 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, Quiboloy was rushing to attend a “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, he had just presided over the “Live Thanksgiving and Worship Presentation at Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale in Glendale, California on Feb. 4, 2018.
In his Facebook account, Quiboloy, 67, who is also based in Davao City, says he is affiliated with The Kingdom of Jesus Christ and is the “Appointed Son of God.” His personal information 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.”
In addition, “On Sept. 13, 2003, the Holy Father declared to the whole world that He has found His residence here on earth – His Son, in the person of Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.”