Pinay in textbook scam nabbed in the US

by VERA Files

Mary Ann Maslog-Smith

Mary Ann Maslog-Smith

Mary Ann Maslog, the woman who delivered a P3-million bribe in Malacanang 11 years ago in connection with a P200-million textbook contract and was on the run for a string of swindling cases in the Philippines and the United States, has finally been arrested.

A newspaper in the state of Virginia reported the arrest last week of Maslog, now known as Mary Ann Smith, in Seattle, Washington in connection with an immigration scam she operated out of Henrico, a county in Virginia.

“Mary Ann Smith, 41, was arrested in Seattle last week and is awaiting extradition to Memphis, Tenn., where she will stand trial for her role in a Virginia company operating as the International Business Network Inc. (IBN),” the Richmond Times Dispatch said in its June 16 issue. There is still no trial date.

Maslog, who is married to Michael Lee Smith of Virginia, is charged with six counts of wire fraud and two counts of mail fraud in connection with IBN’s receipt of money to facilitate the processing of students in the US.

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June 19, 2010 6:19 am  Tags:   Posted in: Education, Vera Files

292 Responses

  1. MPRivera - June 19, 2010 2:49 pm

    This is clear. No crime is free. Everybody has to pay for the crime each one committed. And the tax is higanteous. He he heh.

    Doon siya manloko sa loob ng kulungan.

    Teka nga pala, what about the husband? Still in large este, at large?

  2. Al - June 19, 2010 3:32 pm

    I remember her during the Senate investigations of that textbook scam. Di ba involved din doon si Laarni and the cousin of Erap, Cecilia Ejercito?

  3. AnnaDeBrux - June 19, 2010 5:48 pm

    When will they arrest junior piggy arroyo?

  4. Ellen - June 19, 2010 7:01 pm

    That’s a high level operation, I imagine.

  5. MPRivera - June 19, 2010 10:28 pm

    ‘Lastik! Nagpapakyut pa kay Tongue ang posing ng hitad sa piktyur.

    Gaga. Hindi ka papansin ni Tongue. Class ang taste noon sa chicks. Si Gretchen nga, hindi pumasa, eh.

    Patalastas muna:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/06/19/10/endangered-animals-rescued-cartimar-pet-shops

    ‘Yung mga dangerous animals, nagsisilayas na sa Malakanyang. Hindi dapat hayaang basta na lang makawala ang mga ‘yun. Matitindi ang rabies lalo na ‘yung askal na may garapata sa mukha saka ‘yung bulugang baboy na hindi puwedeng kainin ng tao ang karne, parang lava ng bulkan ang laway nu’n. Ang matuluan, nalulusaw tulad noong mga scam na kanyang kinasasangkutan dahil sa mahigpit na pagbabantay ng kanyang tagapag-alagang si Malditas.

  6. balweg - June 20, 2010 2:33 am

    Buti nga…may pagkalalagyan ka na ngayon kay Uncle Sam?

    Tindi mo Madam Marami Ang Masitlog-Smith…di ka pa nasiyahan sa Pinas e dumayo ka pa sa Tate.

    Sige…ipakita mo ang iyong galing sa mga Kanote, akala mo ha…laging heaven ang kagagahan mo.

    Shame on you!

  7. balweg - June 20, 2010 2:41 am

    RE: This is clear. No crime is free.

    Igan MPR namn…may e-VATrecto pa nga eh?

    Huwag hihirit…marami ako ngayong pantaya, sige ka…

    Nakakainit talaga ng kukote, kahit saan ka dumako puro kabulastugan ang pinaggagawa ng ating mga kababayang Noypi/Naypi.

    Mapasa Pinas o Abroad…puro kahihiyan ang ugali-asal!

  8. Ellen - June 20, 2010 5:49 am

    # no 3, Al, Cecilia Ejercito de Castro , cousin of Erap was cleared by the Senate in its investigation of influence peddling.

    But it recommended to the Office of the Executive Secretary to screen the giving of “presidential adviser” titles.

    I don’t remember what Cecilia Ejercito de Castro was advising Erap but yes, she had the title of “presidential adviser” and then Education Secretary Andrew Gonzales said De castro met with him following up some textbook deals.

  9. Ellen - June 20, 2010 5:55 am

    still on #3. I don’t think Laarni was involved.

    Her name was mentioned because her friend, Joanna Garcia, former actress and ex of former Caloocan mayor Boy Asistio, was allegedly also following up a textbook deal for one book publishing company.

    There’s really a lot of money in textbook conracts. You have to bear in mind that it involves millions of public school students.

    I’m not sure how updated these figures are:13.1 million elementary public schools and 5.6 million public high schools.

    Even if your profit is only ten centavos per book multiply it by the number of books produced, tibang-tiba ka pa rin. So many greasy hands sumasawsaw.

    Ang kawawa ang mga estudyante.

  10. balweg - June 20, 2010 9:15 pm

    RE: Ang kawawa ang mga estudyante.

    Korek Ma’am Ellen…at heto may humihirit na namn na dadagdagan daw ng isang taon ang ES & HS?

    Bakit ang di ayusin e ang kurapsyon sa DepED at pagtuunan ang pagpapataas ng antas ng kaalaman ng mga guro sa kanilang pagtuturo.

    Build more classrooms, additional teachers, increase the salary of all public teachers, buy new books not from Madam Maslog and other related matters na makakatulong sa mga estudyante.

    Simple pero pinahihirap ng mga lingkod-bulsa.

  11. Ellen - June 20, 2010 9:41 pm

    Balweg, the recommendation to have a twelve year basic education is good.

    Take a look at it. Be open-minded about it. It will redound to quality education. It’s not just the additional number of years. The system would be revamped to make the curriculum more science and math oriented.

  12. MPRivera - June 20, 2010 10:29 pm

    Kunsabagay ang gawing 12 taon ang basic education ay masasabing dagdag gastos subalit kung ito ang tanging paraan upang maitaas ang antas ng kaalaman ay bakit natin hahadlangan?

    Ttiyakin lamang na ang dagdag gugol sa hakbanging ito ay magbubunga ng masd kapakipakinabang na resulta.

    ‘Yung mga buwaya, tanggalin na ang inyong kasibaan! Kayo ang sanhi ng hindi pag-unlad ng bansa.

    Makunsensiya naman kayo!

  13. Mike - June 21, 2010 12:40 am

    Ang cute naman ni Mary Ann sa picture na pinost ni Ma’am Ellen, mas lalong cute siguro kapag same pose pero nasa likod ng rehas at naka posas. :P

  14. Ellen - June 21, 2010 1:48 am

    That’s what I also have in mind, Mike. I got that picture from her blog.

  15. Golberg - June 21, 2010 8:54 am

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! Nahuli!!!

    Maganda diyan sa hinayupak na iyan, ipakain sa kanya yung lahat ng perang nakurakot niya. Literal na kainin hanggang sa ika-matay niya.

  16. Abna Boayes-Attento - October 2, 2010 10:12 am

    Good day … Ganyan talaga siguro ang racket ng magkakapatid na yan. Un sis nya na Mary Carmelo Tupa aka Lotti umutang sakin na more than Php100k (year 2002)at nag issue ng pdc. Talbog at nawala na sa paningin ko. Naikwento ko ito kay Mary Ann Maslog Smith. Nagkita pa kami sa Shangrila-Makati asking the whereabouts of her sis (Lotti). Di nya binigay and promised instead na she’ll be the one to pay her sister’s debts.Umasa naman ako. Wala din pala. Have lost contacts as well. Pareho sila mabulaklak ang mga dila. Good for her… iniwanan na ng asawa (rommel maslog-vice mayor of Talisayan)at ngayon wanted both in the Philippines and USA. Ha, ha, ha…

  17. michaelsmith - July 14, 2013 11:36 pm

    amazing that all you people can judge someone simply by reading articles on the internet that are totally lies. When I am finished suing Ellen Tordesillas, this company caller Vera Files, which should be called, LIES FILES, then I wonder what comments will be made. From Michael Lee Smith Virginia, USA

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