Pinoy PR for Marc Jacobs in P303M plunder case required to wear ankle monitor, accessorizes it with Chanel
Timothy Mark Garcia, 25, the public relations head for Marc Jacobs' menswear arm and the youngest son of Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, the Philippine Army Comptroller involved in a P303-million plunder case, caught the eye of New York City blog Guest of a Guest for accessorizing with a Chanel ankle bracelet the security ankle monitor he is required to wear.
In September, Peter Davis of The Daily Beast wrote about how "Tim Garcia," who was under a curfew, spent an evening during Fashion Week at his Park Avenue apartment dressed in "head-to-toe designer"–including a Gucci jacket and YSL boots, hanging out with fashion blogger, Bryan Boy.
Garcia talked about the 95 days he spent in jail before posting bail, saying, "It's life altering. Imagine living a comfortable lifestyle and then all of a sudden you're forced to coexist with armed robbers, organized crime people and people who sell drugs. The cream of the criminal crop… I was in an orange jumpsuit and then after a month, they change it to khaki. I will never wear a jumpsuit in my life. The thought of that jumpsuit just makes me cringe." The Philippine government contends that the apartment was purchased with part of the P303 million ($6.2 million) that the elder Garcia allegedly took from official funds.
On November 4 the The Philippine Star reported that the Sandiganbayan sheriff mistakenly served on Garcia a summons for his wife and sons, his co-accused in the case. Though the improper service of summons means that the Sandiganbayan still does not have the jurisdiction necessary to prosecute Garcia and his wife Clarita Depakakibo and and sons Ian Carl, Juan Paulo, and Timothy Mark, prosecutors of the Office of the Ombudsman "are confident" that they will not be able to escape extradition from the United States.
Depakakibo and her sons, who are American citizens, were arrested in Detroit and New York in March for allegedly smuggling dollars into the United States and have been charged with plunder in the Philippines for their unexplained wealth. In June, Depakakibo posted a $20,000 cash bond, and her sons each posted $1 million bail, and they have since been required to wear ankle monitors.
Maj. Gen. Garcia is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Detention Center.