By Aaron Recuenco
Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have arrested two persons who were allegedly selling land worth P18 million using spurious documents.
Senior Supt. Wilson Asueta, head of the CIDG- National Capital Region, said the operation stemmed from the complaint of one victim who was able to find out that the land titles of the lots being sold to him are fake.
“Another 30 complainants or victims appeared before this office after the operation. More are coming to complain,” said Asueta.
Nabbed were Melissa Baladia, 40; and, Mateo Agner, 54, and claims to be a real estate developer.
Asueta said the modus operandi of the suspects is to convince potential buyers to buy parcel of lands as part of the P18 million worth of lot in Quezon City and other areas.
He added that one of the suspects is posing as a lawyer who is allowed to sell the property of his client.
“Accordingly, they [victims] discovered the modus when they verified the authenticity of documents [land titles] given to them by the suspects,” said Asueta.
“They were able to obtain certification from LRA, Supreme Court and from the real owner of the said land title that the documents were spurious and fake,” he added.
An entrapment operation was immediately mapped out today when the suspects demanded P20,000 allegedly for the electronic title and microfilm.
Baladia and Agner were collared inside their office in Barangay West Fairview after receiving the marked money.
Asueta said at least two criminal charges, including estafa and falsification of public documents, were slapped against the suspects.