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Calamity victims’ scammer nabbed

April 19, 2022 Marlon Purification 367 views

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a woman who solicited money, using the name of Atty. Vic D. Rodriguez, the chief of staff and spokesman of presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., purportedly to help the victims of typhoon Agaton.

In a report by Atty. Jerome Bomediano, chief of the Special Action Unit (SAU), to NBI officer-in-charge Director Eric Distor, the suspect is identified as Caseilyn dela Cruz Cardenas, 31, of 1018 Morales St., Lolomboy, Bocuae, Bulacan.

He was arrested based on a complaint filed by Atty. Rodriguez and Arsenio Boy Evangelista of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

It was learned that on April 18, Rodriguez filed a complaint with the NBI after receiving information that some individuals were using his fake Facebook account to illegally solicit money from wealthy businessmen.

The modus of the suspect and her group is to call or send a message to their potential victims before asking for donations for the alleged relief operation of the BBM camp for the victims of typhoon Agaton.

Rodriguez said that many of his friends called him about this type of solicitation and one of those who gave him the information was Evangelista.

Allegedly, Cardenas’ group is demanding P120,000 as a shipping fee for deliveries of tons of rice.

The money is forwarded under the name of Jennylyn E. Complido, with BDO account No. 002430167693.

According to Atty. Mark Santiago, Executive Officer for Operations of NBI-SAU, he immediately instructed Senior Agent (SRA) Levi Anthony Royeras to file an entrapment operation against the suspect.

The suspect was arrested on the night of April 18, in her hometown.

Recovered from the suspect are an iPhone 6 unit, a piece of BDO ATM card and a receipt of Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

However, Cardenas denied the charge against her claiming that a National Bilibid Prison inmate she identified as a certain Kiko allegedly instructed her to open a bank account where some money will be deposited to be used to buy a car.

She admitted that before her arrest, P50,000 had been deposited in her bank account which she sent to Kiko through Cebuana Pera Padala.

When asked about Kiko’s real identity, the suspect failed to identify him except by saying that they were former batchmates at Lolomboy National High School.

The suspect is now detained at the NBI detention cell for violating RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) and attempted estafa in relation to RA 10175.