Vilma Bautista begins six-year prison sentence in NYC

After nearly 4 years of appealing not to go to jail because of her frail health, Imelda Marcos’s former aide, Vilma Bautista, surrendered herself to the Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday to begin serving her up to 6-year jail sentence.

The 79-year-old Bautista was sentenced in January 2014 to 2 to 6 years in a New York State prison, for fraudulently selling art that belonged to the Philippine government.

Bautista, who was found guilty in November 2013, remained free on a $175,000 dollar bail while her lawyers appealed her case.

While prosecutors argued the painting belonged to the Philippine government, Bautista insisted that she owned the Claude Monet painting which she sold for $32 million.

But Ms. Bautista failed to pay $3.5 million in income taxes to new york city and to new york state.

The fourth-degree conspiracy count was later tossed by an appeals court and her criminal tax fraud and offering false instrument convictions remained.

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  • Maria
    7 December 2017 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Why Bautista is the only one go to jail, why not Imelda Marcos and her family who is the mastermind of looting and the greatest thieves family who are still living in luxury and enjoying the Filipino taxpayers money and wealth not belong to them. Is this justice?

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    8 December 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

    There is a common ground of cultural Marxism in New York (Kirschner, N.D. Cultural Marxism). When Marxism proponents escape Germany, they landed in New York where they mastered and applied their infamous critical theory (including conspiracy theory). An operational platform that cultural Marxism has operated on is called the critical theory, a forte of liberal-left wing media.
    Demonizing the Marcoses is cultural hegemony of the left wing-yellow cult, be it in the United States or in the Philippines. Wilma Bautista is serving her sentence because of taxation issues, not because of the Marcoses looting. The Marcoses went to trial in New York and were slapped with so many unsubstantiated (fabricated) charges by “incompetent” people. The sad part was that the Philippine government suffered the worst embarrassment any government could have-the verdict was/is “NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES”. Today, many people are still butt hurt they could not accept their defeat.