Scammers posing as Palace employees sued for estafa

THREE individuals who posed as employees of the Malacañang Human Resource Department to victimize unsuspecting applicants finding a government job have been slapped with fraud and estafa charges.

Aira Soriaga Enriquez, Alma Carreon, and Roberto Aluren Tesorero were sued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for usurpation of authority or official functions and estafa under Article 177 and Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code.

NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said the case against the three suspects stemmed from a complainant who sought the help of a certain Major General Galma Jeremiah Arcilla of the Transnational Anti-Organized Crime Intelligence Group for his job application with the Office of the Presidential Management Staff.

The complainant is applying for Regional Director of the Office of Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MGB-DENR).

According to Lavin, the complainant allegedly met Arcilla at a seminar conducted by the latter in Zamboanga City.

On February 24, complainant went to Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City along with other applicants, after receiving a call from the said Arcilla, saying there will be interviews for applicants for government jobs.

Lavin said after complainant was interviewed by subject Enriquez, the latter assured him that he will be appointed to a position soon but he should first pay P20,000 to defray Enriquez and Carreon's expenses.

The respondents promised the complainant that he will be interviewed by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte. However, it did not materialize.

After the meeting, the subjects contacted via email the complainant and asked again for another P10,000. This had prompted the complainant to seek the NBI's help.

The NBI, in entrapment operation, arrested Enriquez and Tesorero. Carreon remains at large.

After verification with the Human Resource Management of the Office of the President, Lavin said it has found that the respondents "are not employed in any capacity with the Office of the President."

"Record check conducted also revealed derogatory records against Aira Soriaga Enriquez who was previously charged for carnapping, estafa and other deceits," Lavin added. (SunStar Philippines)

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