A screenshot of the Ritz Carlton website showing its Residences property in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, USA (UPDATED) - Jeane Napoles, the daughter of a businesswoman who has been implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel, Malampaya, and fertilizer fund scandals, owns a unit at the Ritz-Carlton Residences building in Los Angeles, documents show.
The plush condotel, which is outside the LA Live Plaza and the Staples Center, is home to many rich and famous people including professional athletes and celebrities.
According to official records of the County of Los Angeles, Napoles is owner of a Ritz Carlton's unit that has assessor's parcel number 5138-027-110.
Unit prices at the building range from $800,000 (P34.8 million) to $9.3 million (P404.6. million) each, according to luxuryrealestate.com.
Neighbors who declined to speak on camera say, while her mother Janet Lim-Napoles has come to visit, the younger Napoles was often seen in her Porsche.
Jeane is described as tall and friendly, greeting fellow Filipino tenants as she attended the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise that carried a $30,000 an estimated P1.3 million annual tuition.
But her neighbors say lately, she has not been seen around the heavily secured condotel.
Jeane's ritzy lifestyle triggered an online firestorm after her Instagram and Tumblr accounts showed photos of Porsche cars, designer bags, expensive shoes, and jewelry her parents bought for her.
Her personal sites also show her taste in fashion, as well as her passion for travel and parties.
Another video clip sourced from Vimeo and made public on YouTube also shows how she spent her 21st birthday party at Beverly Hills.
ABS-CBN News, meanwhile, has also received information that the older Napoles owns a hotel near Disneyland in Los Angeles.
Napoles did not deny this but said all of their properties come from legitimate business.
"Hindi tatlo, isa lang ho malapit sa disneyland. May partner po kami mga foreigner, (7 million dollars) more or less. Pero hulugan iyun," she said.
"Wala po na nanggaling sa gobyerno, ni piso. Lahat pong yan ay hanapubuhay namin galing sa aming pinaghirapan," she added. "Kaming mag-asawa ay nagpapakamatay na maghanapbuhay para maibigay po namin sa aming mga anak."
Former AFP supplier
Former Marine Col. Ariel Querubin said Napoles was only a minor Armed Forces supplier in the past.
He said Napoles was also borrowing money for capital from his late wife, Loreta.
Querubin and Janet's husband Jimmy were part of the 1989 coup attempt against the Cory Aquino government.
This made them close, with Janet also becoming a godmother of Querubin's daughter.
He remembered the Napoles couple had a simple home in Biñan, Laguna.
This made him wonder about the family's posh lifestyle now.
He said Janet Napoles must face justice if it is proven that her family wealth is ill-gotten and came from public money.
"They have to prove that. Kung mapruwebahan panagutan nila. Pera ng taxpayers yung allegedly nagamit. Dapat managot sila sa taumbayan," Querubin said.
Janet has been placed on the Bureau of Immigration's lookout bulletin.
In a memo dated July 15, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima instructed Immigration officers to discreetly be on alert for Janet Lim Napoles and her brother Jojo Lim should either of them pass through the air or sea ports in the country and to immediately inform her or the NBI should either attempt to leave the country. - with reports from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America; Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News