Tuesday , June 19, 2018

Recruiter charged with estafa for ‘pocketing’ OFW’s airfare to Cebu

A RECRUITMENT agency officer is facing a criminal case in court for allegedly pocketing the money intended for the fare of an overseas Filipino worker who wanted to return home.

Prosecutor Noel Cellona found evidence to charge Flor Pagsiat with estafa before the Regional Trial Court in Cebu City.

“Despite the agreement, the respondent failed to return the money. From the foregoing evidence adduced, the undersigned found sufficient evidence to hold the respondent liable for the crime of estafa,” read Cellona’s resolution.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Susan Cuizon, 51, of Barangay Luz, Cebu City, who accused Pagsiat of estafa before the City Prosecutor’s Office. Cuizon said she gave P39,000 to Pagsiat, manager of Al-Khaleej International Services Inc., for the plane fare of her daughter, who worked as a domestic helper in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Cuizon said her daughter wanted to go home so she gave the money to Pagsiat, who assured the former that she would deposit the money to her daughter’s bank account.

However, Cuizon said that her daughter did not receive the money. In January 2017, Cuizon said, she confronted Pagsiat, who promised to return the money on a staggered basis.

Pagsiat paid P10,000, leaving a balance of P29,000. Despite repeated demands, the accused failed to settle her obligations to Cuizon.

Cuizon said the accused misappropriated the money intended for her daughter’s plane fare back to the Philippines.

Pagsiat failed to submit her counter-affidavit, prompting the prosecutor to resolve the complaint based on the evidence presented by the complainant. (GMD)