Monday, October 5, 2015

PNP-Legazpi busts fake credit card group victimizing city businesses

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 2 (PNA) -– Members of the Legazpi City Police Station (LCPS) said they have busted a syndicate from Metro Manila with the arrest of seven members who had just victimized two business establishments in the city proper.

A report to Chief Supt. Augusto M. Marquez, Philippine National Police Bicol regional director, released by the Regional Information Office on Friday said joint operatives of the LCPS led by Senior Insp. Domingo B. Tapel Jr., Anti-Cyber Crime Group and Regional Public Safety Battalion led by PO1 Manuel B. Arma Jr. arrested the suspects at about 11 a.m. Wednesday outside the Tyche Boutique Hotel where they temporarily stayed and recovered the items they got from an appliance store.

A report of Supt. Joselito G. Esico to Marquez identified those arrested as Jeffrey A. Abapo, taxi driver and a resident of General Trias, Cavite; Joel R. Borja also know as Mariano M. Chavez Jr., businessman and a resident of Tondo, Manila; Andrew S. Diaz, jobless and a resident of Marikina City; Joselito P. Parica, businessman and a resident of Dasmariñas, Cavite; Edmar E. Tolentino, jobless and resident of No. 156 Pasay City; Reachelle Ann M. Salangsang entertainer at Kremlin KTV Bar located at Quezon Avenue and a resident of Quezon City; and Judy Ann D. Salangsang, entertainer at the same KTV Bar.

Esico said that at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Kristine I. Ibarreta and Rose M. Mendina, both employees of Jayson Marketing reported to the LCPS that suspects Borja, who pretended as Mariano Chavez, and Diaz, as Reynaldo Gaspacho, purchased from their store assorted appliances.

These consisted of two Extreme Magic Sing worth PHP15,485 each, and two Samsung LED TV worth PHP40,071 each, using RCBC and VISA credit cards as mode of payment while the other suspects were waiting outside on-board a gray Toyota Hi-Ace.

After the suspects have left with the appliances, however, the Jayson employees discovered that the credit cards were fake.

The suspects’ vehicle was sighted while parked in front of the Tyche Boutique Hotel with its two units of Samsung LED TV placed in its rear seat at about 11 p.m. of the same date.

At about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Tyche Boutique Hotel operation manager Joel C. Balete and hotel receptionist Yuri R. Osia reported to the LCPS that at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Diaz, who disguised as Reynaldo Gaspacho, and the other suspects checked in at the hotel.

However, at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the group was about to check out, Borja, who pretended to be Mariano Chavez Jr., presented RCBC and Visa credit cards for their payments for foods, refreshments and accommodations, but the hotel management found the credit cards fake.

Esico said his men immediately responded and arrested the suspects at about 11 a.m.

The LCPS have filed two separate cases of estafa against the seven suspects. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EMC/cbd