2 ‘NBI agents’ arrested for robbery, extortion

Published May 28, 2021, 8:12 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation

Two persons who posed themselves as “agents” of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and attempted “to extort money” from the owners of an establishment in Quezon City have been arrested.

In a statement, NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric B. Distor identified them as Leonardo G. Monteverde and Christopher B. Engle who were arrested last May 21 by agents of the NBI’s Special Task Force (NBI-STF).

Distor said that “seized from the subjects are fake NBI IDs, badges and a firearm with no permit to carry.”

Monteverde and Engle were charged with usurpation of official functions, attempted robbery and extortion under the Revised Penal Code, and violation of Republic Act No. 10591, the Comprehensive Firearms and Regulations Act.

The NBI said a spa manager filed a complaint that led to the arrest of Monteverde and Engle in an entrapment operation.

It said the complainant stated that the two suspects dropped by at the spa, presented NBI badges, and pointed out the establishment’s alleged violations.

“The subjects then demanded a protection money of P20,000 for them to be spared from law enforcement operations and P18,760 for reimbursement of surveillance expenses,” the NBI said.