2 men with fake purchase orders nabbed at gas station Ivy C. Tejano-A A +A
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
POLICE on Tuesday filed falsification of documents charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) against two suspects who tried to get gasoline using fake purchase orders.
Chief Inspector Caezar Cabuhat, head of the Sta. Ana police station, identified the two suspects as: Eric Datas Nagar, 42, a resident of 4034 Ponciano Reyes Extension, said to be a former government employee; and Castor Guyan Ocon, 44, a resident of Sandawa in Kidapawan.
Cabuhat said the suspects were both charged with falsification of public documents with complex crime of estafa for issuing counterfeit Purchase Order (PO) to a gasoline station.
A PO is a commercial document issued by a buyer to a seller, indicating types, quantities, and agreed prices for a certain product or services the seller will provide to the buyer. It is used to control the purchase of products and services from external suppliers.
He added that the counterfeit PO was issued by Nagar under the name of former councilor Angela Librado-Trinidad.
Cabuhat said the suspects were arrested at Petron gasoline station, Monteverde Branch around 3 p.m. Monday after one Imee Martin Mantalaba, an employee of former councilor Librado-Trinidad, saw them in the area.
Mantalaba, in a phone call, refused to comment, saying she is not authorized to talk about the case.
Initial investigation showed that Ocon, who was onboard a gray Toyota Hi Ace D4D, refueled 40 liters of gasoline by using a fake PO issued by Nagar. Mantalaba saw the suspects, prompting her to seek police assistance.
"Actually, dugay naman daw nila ni nga problema. Matingala nalang daw sila ga-dako na ilang bayranan sa gasoline station when dili man unta daw sila kalas sa gasolina. Mao nga gipangita nila kinsa naa sa likod ani (It has been a lingering problem. They would just be surprised because their gasoline bill is always high, that is why they tracked down who is behind this)," Cabuhat said.
Cabuhat said the suspects are now detained at the Sta. Ana police station.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 27, 2012.