By Jeff Damicog
Two persons who posed as being affiliated with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce have been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after having duped a liquor supplier in the payment of over P1 million worth of liquor products.
NBI spokesman Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin identified the two arrested suspects as Joseph Lua and Elizabeth Torres.
Lavin said the suspects were arrested during an entrapment operation along Lapu-Lapu St. in Malabon City last October 18 by operatives of the NBI’s Special Task Force (NBI-STF).
NBI operatives swooped in and arrested the suspects who were caught transferring to a smaller truck the contents of a cargo truck which carried bottles of brandy.
NBI operatives were able to trace the location of the cargo truck with a global positioning system (GPS) tracker placed in one of the boxes of liquor.
Following their arrest, the suspects were presented for inquest before the Malabon City Prosecutor’s Office for estafa.
The operation was conducted based on the complaint of businesswoman Jacqueline Chua.
The complainant recounted that back in September she received two large orders of liquor products.
One was worth P486,480 of liquor products and was ordered on September 27 through a phone call by a person who introduced himself as Michael Tan of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
While, the other order was worth P649,800 and was made by a caller who introduced himself as Philip Dy.
However, the complainant said the checks that were deposited were declined by the bank for being fake.
On the October 17, Chua received another call from a person who introduced himself as Jose Tria of PAGCOR and ordered 1,000 bottles of liquor.
The complainant became suspicious and decided to ask the help of the NBI since the arrangement was similar with the past two orders which involved calls and the payment of checks to the bank.