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Timothy Garcia, wearing a stylish ankle bracelet, at a recent fashion show in New York City

 

Timothy “Tim” Mark Depakakibo Garcia, the stylish and ankle bracelet-wearing Fil-Am publicist of Marc Jacobs and son of retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, is due back in a New York court on Jan. 12, 2011 for his extradition hearing in connection with the plunder and money-laundering charges he and other family members are facing in the Philippines.

Garcia’s extradition case is pending before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Holwell of Southern District of New York.

He is facing no other criminal charges in the U.S.

He and his mother, along with his two older brothers, were named as co-defendants for allegedly helping Gen. Garcia conceal his unlawfully-acquired assets.

They are facing 30 years to life behind bars if convicted by the Sandiganbayan (Philippine graft court for public officials).

Gen. Garcia, who is serving a two-year sentence for perjury in the Philippines, served as comptroller for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

He was accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth while in active service in the form of funds, landholdings and other real, and personal properties in the amount of 303.27 million pesos ($6.9 million) that was deemed to be “disproportionate to” his legitimate income.

These allegedly came in the form of “commissions,” kickbacks,” “shopping money” or “gratitude money.”

Gen. Garcia’s declared assets in 2003 was only P2.76 million.

The 26-year-old Garcia is the head of public relations for Marc Jacobs’ men’s division.

His extradition case became a staple in New York’s fashion blogs and publications, including Page Six, which poked fun at his fashion accessory — an electronic monitoring house arrest ankle bracelet.

According to reports, Garcia is forced to wear the ankle bracelet — with code number HGM94472 — to many fashion parties around town.

“The thick plastic black box, the size of a pack of cigarettes, is snug up against his tiny ankle,” says the Daily Beast blog. “Garcia’s movements are recorded by Homeguard 200, a big black machine connected to his angular, futuristic Bang and Olufsen phone.”

Garcia was locked up for 95 days when federal agents arrested him in March 2009 at his luxurious Trump Plaza apartment in Manhattan he and and his mother Clarita reportedly purchased for $765,000.

He was released from prison on $1 million bail on June 8, 2009.

“It was the doorway to hell,” Garcia recalled in an interview, referring to his jail stint. “I was in with trannies who needed hormone treatments. Pete Gotti, the brother of John Gotti, was there...organized crime families. It was a long time, a chunk of my life.”

He continued: “It’s life altering. Imagine yourself being secluded and out of sight and out of mind and being trapped. 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. They put me with pedophiles. I was trying not to get raped every day. It was scary.”

At the same time, his mother was also in prison. “That hurt me the most,” Garcia said. “She’s 60 and to put her in prison in conditions like that is difficult for a son. She was in prison longer than me.”

The extradition of Clarita Garcia is pending before the U.S. Eastern District of Michigan Judge George Caram Steeh.

She was arrested in Pontiac, Michigan on March 4 on extradition charges for plunder.

Except for Gen. Garcia, all members of his family are U.S. citizens.

The Garcias are also accused of transferring $2 million from the Philippines to the U.S.

Meanwhile, Garcia’s two brothers — Ian Carl Depakakibo Garcia, 32, and Juan Paulo Depakakibo Garcia, 29 — are due back in court on Nov. 15 for the hearing on the modification of the order for their release in separate extradition cases before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Chen of San Francisco, California.

The brothers, who are asking the court to have their electronic monitoring device removed, pleaded guilty on Sept. 8 to charges of bulk smuggling when they were arrested in possession of $50,000 each without declaring the money to customs officials during their arrival at the San Francisco International Airport in 2003.

At the time of their arrest, Ian Carl was a retail Game Stop employee, while Juan Paulo was a computer help desk technician.

Judge Marilyn Patel of the U.S. District Court of Northern California ordered the seizure of the $100,000 cash following their guilty plea.

The two brothers are facing a maximum of 60 months of imprisonment, a fine in the amount of $250,000 each, and a period of three years and a maximum of 36 months in supervised release, when they are sentenced on Nov. 29.

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Timothy Garcia (second from left) with Marc Jacobs models.