THE Sandiganbayan yesterday found actor Ronnie Ricketts guilty of graft and sentenced him to six to eight years of imprisonment.
The Fourth Division of the Anti-Graft Court ruled that Ricketts, during his stint as chairman of the Optical Media Board (OMB), mishandled the confiscation of pirated DVDs and VCDs in 2010.
Aside from jail terms, Ricketts was also meted out with the subsidiary punishment of perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
Ricketts’ co-accused former Enforcement and Inspection Division computer operator Glenn Perez was also convicted by the court.
The court found the two accused gave undue benefit to Sky High Marketing Corporation when the OMB confiscated tons of pirated compact discs in Quezon City on May 27, 2010.
Records showed that the confiscated items were “released and reloaded into the corporation’s vehicle” instead of filing the appropriate charges against the company.
Division chairperson Associate Justice Alex Quiroz allowed Ricketts, who was joined by his wife Mariz, and Perez to appeal the verdict.
Rickets, or Ronaldo Ricketts in real life, is a known Filipino action star and a film producer. He was appointed then by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to head OMB, replacing fellow actor Edu Manzano.