CIDG 7 seized P300K worth of LTE modems

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Thursday, June 26, 2014


THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) entrapped four persons for allegedly selling Internet modems without authority from a telecommunication company.

Some P300,000 worth of modems, antennas and cable cords for Internet installation were confiscated by the operatives Wednesday afternoon in Mandaue City.

The suspects work as sub-contractors for Globe Telecom.

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The are identified as Israel John Brigoli Abenir, 25; Lemuel Galinato, 22; Orlando Rizaldo Mula, 27; and Roy Gonzales Aguelo, 45.

CIDG 7 Deputy Chief Fermin Armendarez explained that the sub-contractors install modems for clients to have Internet connections.

Globe

The operation was conducted based on the report of Globe Telecom Security Officer Ramil Manlosa.

Manlosa said his job is to monitor their customers’ Internet connection through their website.

Manlosa told police that he found modems being sold online while he was browsing the Internet last June 19.

He then informed Globe Telecom Security Head Manolito Zapata, who instructed the former to coordinate with the police.

Armendarez said Long-Term Evolution (LTE) modems cannot be sold because these are given for free to Globe Telecom Internet subscribers.

Armendarez led the entrpament at 3 p.m. in Barangay Labogon, Mandaue City.

Through the online website selling the modems, Manlosa ordered 20 gadgets.

He was immediately contacted by the administrator of the website.

Each modem was reportedly sold for P5,000.

But Manlosa said a modem costs about P10,000.

SPO1 Jackson Rivera acted as the buyer.

He met the four suspects during the delivery of the sold items.

As soon as the suspects handed Manlosa’s order, the other CIDG 7 operatives swooped down on the suspects.

LTE

Recovered from Abenir were nine LTE modems with power cord and five LTE antennas with a total market value of P90,000.

Seized from Galinato was an LTE modem worth P10,000.

Mula and Aguelo were also caught with 10 LTE modems with power cord, 10 LTE antennas, and 10 LAN cords worth P100,000.

It was only after the entrapment that Globe Telecom found out that the four suspects were working as their sub-contractors.

The modems that were sold were supposed to be distributed to Globe Telecom’s subscribers for their Internet installation.

Reporters tried to get a statement from any of the four suspects but they all declined to be interviewed.

A complaint for estafa is expected to be filed against the suspects.

They are currently detained at the CIDG 7 stockade.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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