HONOLULU, Hawaii— The Hawaii church manager of Filipino pastor Apollo Quiboloy's Kingdom of Jesus Christ was sentenced to 30 days in prison Monday for lying about a suitcase with hidden cash found in the preacher's flight back to the Philippines in 2018.
Felina Salinas, a US citizen, was also meted a $500 fine for failing to declare over $335,000 in cash found in a private jet that was to fly Quiboloy back to the Philippines on February 13, 2018.
Her charges were downgraded from cash smuggling after entering a deal with prosecutors in June, where she pleaded guilty to making a false statement.
Salinas was arrested a month after the stash was found hidden in socks inside a black bag aboard Quiboloy's jet. She had just declared carrying $25,000 and P1,000 in cash, but federal agents who inspected the plane found $335,000 and AUD $9,000 kept in a bag. They seized the cash.
Quiboloy, whose church is known to have 4 million followers in the Philippines and 2 million abroad, was never charged for the incident. Salinas claimed ownership of the suitcase, but authorities later found it belonged to the influential pastor.
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— reports from Lalaine Ignao, ABS-CBN News