Graft court convicts Ricketts, OMB officials


The Sandiganbayan has found former Optical Media Board (OMB) chairman Ronny Ricketts  guilty of graft over the mishandling of confiscated DVD and VCD in 2010.

The court’s Fourth Division sentenced the ex-actor to imprisonment of at least six years and one day to a maximum of eight years and barred him from holding public office.

Ricketts was allowed to appeal the verdict as long as he post a P30,000 bond for his temporary freedom.

Convicted along with Ricketts were three other OMB officials for releasing tons of  pirated DVD, VCD seized from Sky High Marketing Corp on 27 May 2010 instead of filing the appropriate charges against the company.

He pleaded not guilty to the graft charge in 2015.