Woman fugitive returned to PH

Published August 20, 2018, 4:34 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

After having fled the country in 2015, a woman who is wanted for allegedly stealing around half-a-million pesos from a company has been captured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and returned to the Philippines.


National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy director Ferdinand Lavin identified the woman as Regina Boneza who is facing a qualified theft case before the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 212.

Lavin said Boneza is currently under the custody of the NBI’s International Operations Division (NBI-IOD) following her arrival in the Philippines on Saturday (August 18).

The case against Boneza stemmed from the P550,000 she allegedly stole from 2014 to 2015 from a company where she was previously employed.

Lavin refused to identify the company which he described to be a large, well-known firm located in Mandaluyong City.

The NBI official explained the woman received cash advances from the company but failed to liquidate the amount by submitting falsified and fake documents.

However, Boneza managed to flee to the UAE before the court issued an arrest warrant against her in 2015.

Since there is already an arrest warrant, the NBI sought with the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime (PCTC) for the issuance of a Red Notice against the suspect.

With the Red Notice and the cancellation of her passport, a request was made before the UEA Embassy for the deportation of Boneza.