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Citibank exec goes missing; millions stolen
abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 08/20/2010 7:01 PM | Updated as of 08/21/2010 3:26 AM

Citibank says it's an isolated case; Binondo branch exec fired

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - A private banking officer of Citibank's Binondo branch has gone missing after allegedly carting away hundreds of millions of his clients' money.

Francis Bryan Ang is the former assistant vice-president of the bank's Citigold Wealth Management group, which is aimed at high-value clients with bank deposits of no less than P4 million. Most of Citigold's customers are wealthy Chinese-Filipinos.

A note on the Citibank website states that Citigold clients enjoy various privileges including premium information and assistance from a dedicated wealth management team that will manage their accounts.

ABS-CBN News, however, learned that Ang embezzled more than P100 million of his clients' money.

One Citigold client lost P10 million from his time deposit after Ang forged his signature. An affidavit signed by Citibank's lawyer showed that Ang changed the client's address so that bank statements would not reach the account owner.

Citibank officials said Ang promised much higher interest for time deposits than what was offered by the bank. He also gave higher referral fees to clients than the standard referral fees approved by Citibank.

Bank sources said Ang maintained an extravagant lifestyle and would often sport pricey watches every week. A bank document showed that Ang used one client's account to pay off Lucerne, a store that sells expensive watches.

Ang, 36, is the eldest son of Manila Councilor Bernie Ang. He finished high school at Xavier School in 1992, and graduated with a BS Economics degree at University of the Philippines-Diliman.

ABS-CBN contacted Ang's father who said he has not seen his son for the past 2 weeks. He denied any knowledge about his son's activities.

Ang was scheduled to marry his girlfriend, who comes from a prominent businessman's family in Valenzuela, this November. A source from the Chinese community, however, said the bank official also victimized his fiancée.

The girl's father, however, has denied this. He added that they can no longer do anything after Ang went missing.

Several of Ang's former clients refused to speak on camera until Citibank has refunded their money.

Citibank management said it has identified a small number of Ang's clients who are holding fake time deposit certificates.

"We have identified a small number of clients who are impacted.  We are reviewing these accounts and our priority is to work closely with these clients to ensure a satisfactory outcome," it said in a statement.

The bank said it has already fired Ang and filed criminal and civil cases against him.

"We are investigating certain questionable transactions initiated by an employee whose employment has since been terminated.  We have filed criminal and civil cases against him, supported by his own admissions and very strong documentary evidence," the bank said.

It added: "We are working closely with the relevant authorities who are assisting us in this matter.  Although the investigation is still ongoing, we believe this is an isolated case, and we are taking all necessary measures to protect our clients."

In response to ABS-CBN News' report, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla, Jr. said: "The matter has been reported to us and the bank is continuing its investigation. We are satisfied the matter is being handled properly." -- report from Ces Drilon, ABS-CBN News
« Last Edit: Oct 19, 2010, 06:02 PM by FutureGizmo »


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psychotic break. I wonder what tipped his balance?

Ang magandang malaman dyan, how long before the bank realized any wrongdoing at all?


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the second question is the most important since it is not an ordinary local bank.  It is a GLOBAL bank.  if a local can do it, how much more in other well developed countries where the bank operates?


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gutsy fella, citibank better pay up consisdering its their assistasnt vice president


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those who got burned from rural banks and decided to go Citibank kawawa naman, sana wala naman...dami talagang manloloko! :censored:
« Last Edit: Oct 19, 2010, 06:05 PM by FutureGizmo »


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PDIC paba covered ito pag ang deposit certificate na hawak mo ay fake na inissue ng isang bank officers :book:


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^ sir tops, kahit siguro covered pa ng PDIC yan, eh kung ang minimum deposit mo is 4M lugi ka pa rin since 500k lang covered ng PDIC...to think na kaya ka nga sila sa Citibank nag-deposit dahil its a Global Bank mas matatag kung iisipin pero naloko pa rin.


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so big and small banks is not guarantee at all that your deposits are safe. :rakenrol:

at di  rin maasahan ang pdic :bahalaka:


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 dapat bayaran pa rin sila nung full amount ng CITI.. they are not bankrupt so they should be able to settle the full amount if not then clients can still file for criminal and civil case against the bank kasi diba Ang is considered as bank representative.


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Their big name is at stake. Baka naman covered sila ng off-shore na insurance company.

I used to do bodyguard duties sa isang depositor nila doon. They take you into glass-partitioned/smoked glass rooms, offered coffee/tea and you get your own personal banker. Your gifts are real leather- planners, checkbook holders,etc. Not one, but a whole set of Samsonite travel bags,etc.

I guess their own system is their own undoing. Wala naman yatang CCTV cams sa mga rooms na yun.


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The suspect is a son of Manila councilor Bernie Ang.
Posted on: Aug 23, 2010, 08:58 PM

PDIC paba covered ito pag ang deposit certificate na hawak mo ay fake na inissue ng isang bank officers :book:


I think the product where those victimized placed their money is not a deposit product so it is not covered by PDIC.


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I thought PDIC only covers those whose banks go into receivership or bankruptcy?

Any word if there has been a bank run in binondo yet?


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He's a bank rep.  Citibank is legally liable.  Their employee forged their client's signature, where's the security verification?

$2 million is small amount of money for Citibank to ruin their brand reputation.  They'll pay up.


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nobody and no specie here on Earth can ever compete us Pinoys as far as scams and stupidity are concerned. me think we are the worst of the worst. yudip*ta!   :D


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