Feb 062013
A United States court has sentenced Sen. Lito Lapid’s wife, Marissa, to three years probation for cash smuggling, a report on GMA News’ “24 Oras” said Wednesday.

Marissa’s lawyer, Elliot Krieger, said she was “very relieved” that her case was finally over.

“We’re pleased with the results in terms of the way it came out and she’s very relieved to have this over with and behind her,” Krieger said in the report.

Krieger explained that Marissa will be under the US Department of Probation for three years and will only be allowed to go to the Philippines only with the department’s permission.

Marissa was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  on January 15, 2012 for her failure to declare the $50,000 she was carrying at the time.

US federal law requires arriving passengers to declare any currency or monetary instrument totaling $10,000 or more.

Sen. Lapid’s camp has yet to comment on Marissa’s sentence, the report said. The senator had earlier said that the money was supposed to be used for his wife’s treatment for a heart ailment. — KBK, GMA News

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