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Split sentence handed down for Ann Marie Pangilinan

Posted: Jun 11, 2018 5:35 PM Updated:

In federal court a woman was sentenced for her role in a bank fraud scheme. While she's since turned her life around for the better, it appears she'll still have to spend some time behind bars.  

"I commend you for all of this. I am proud of you and I want you to continue to be motivated." - these words from Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood on Monday afternoon as she addressed defendant Ann Marie Pangilinan. The 41-year-old woman is just one of several indicted in a bank fraud scheme.

According to court documents, they'd deposit fake checks into multiple bank accounts and withdraw the cash from ATMs before the bank could notice. They collected over $70,000 this way.

According to her plea agreement, Pangilinan admitted to being responsible for a total of $2,850. In her plea for leniency, Pangilinan shared her story - her battle with substance abuse that led her to the crime before the court today - and abandoning her children.

Pangilinan stating "I chose drugs over them...I had a drug addiction problem. I was not well" From rock bottom, she found her second chance at Oasis Empowerment Center.

Not only has she remained clean and sober, she's reunited with her children and is gainfully employed at Oasis Empowerment Center as a Peer Recovery Specialist and soon-to-be certified Substance Abuse Counselor.

Though defense argued against any jail time, the Chief Judge ultimately handed down a split sentence: Pangilinan, as ordered by the court, will spend six months in jail and six months in home confinement on electronic monitoring. This was the recommendation from both prosecution and probation.

Prosecutor Mararvic David also commended the defendant stating, "It's clear to me she has made positive changes." Several of Pangilinan's co-defendants have already been sentenced.

Ruby Ngirmekur was sentenced to 33-months, Katrina Tedtaotao to 18-months, and Peter Ogo to 41-months.

Each of the defendants is responsible for paying back the amounts outlined in their respective plea agreements.

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