By Jeffrey Damicog
A suspected swindler has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after having duped victims into buying a house and lot he does not own.
NBI Director General Dante Gierran identified the suspect as Danilo Candaba who has been found to be a notorious swindler operating in Metro Manila.
Candaba has been charged before the Las Piñas Prosecutor’s Office with estafa, falsification of public documents, perjury, and violation of Republic Act 6425, the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday in Las Piñas City during an entrapment operation conducted by the NBI’s Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (NBI-AOTCD).
The operation stemmed from a complaint against Candaba who received P1.5 million from his victim for a house and lot in Las Piñas.
The complainant recounted that the agreement was made to sell the property at P2.3 million after the suspect presented a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) which showed authority has been given to Candaba to make the sale.
After giving the suspect P1.5 million as initial payment, the complainant started making repairs at the property.
However, a certain Rowell Capal arrived and introduced himself as the real owner of the property.
Capal told the complainant he did not authorize Candaba to sell the property and the original title of the property is in his possession.
Because of this, the complainant sought the help of the NBI to have the suspect arrested.
An entrapment operation was made since the suspect was demanding an additional P45,000 for the property.