2 Nigerians, Filipina cohort arrested for bank fraud in Laguna

Published August 11, 2022, 5:49 PM

by Danny Estacio

CAMP GEN. VICENTE LIM, Calamba City, Laguna – Two Nigerians and their Filipina cohort were arrested for alleged involvement in bank fraud in Barangay Nueva, San Pedro City, Laguna, Wednesday, August 10.

The Police Regional Office 4-A identified the suspects as Samuel Nomso Esomchi, 42, of Barangay Buaya, Imus City, Cavite; and Taye John Bamidele, 40, of Barangay Tandang Luna III, Imus City, Cavite, both Nigerians, and Gladys Francisco, 47, of Barangay Maduya, Carmona, Cavite.

Francisco attempted to withdraw P400,000 from a bank in San Pedro City.

The bank later found out that the transaction has been flagged for possible fraud.

The branch manager reported the incident to their security office and San Pedro City Police Station.

San Pedro City police led by Police Lt. Col. Victor Ben Isidore Aclan, the Cavite Provincial Intelligence Unit, and Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 4-A, in a follow-up operation, arrested Esomchi and Bamidele.

Recovered from them was cash amounting to P1.4 million believed to be previously withdrawn.

Suspects are under the custody of the San Pedro City Police Station and are facing charges for violating Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code.