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Fake Veco worker caught in Guadalupe, Cebu City

PRETENDER. After his arrest, Raymond Samson sits meekly beside a Visayan Electric Company (Veco) jacket, which he wore to complete his act in defrauding Veco consumers. (SunStar Photo/Arnold Bustamante)

A FALSE Visayan Electric Company (Veco) employee was nabbed for allegedly duping an electricity consumer in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City on Friday morning, July 12, 2019.

Raymond Samson was caught in an entrapment initiated by his victim’s relatives. He was then turned over to the Guadalupe police, who will charge him with estafa.

The 28-year-old suspect, a resident of Consolacion town, Cebu, reportedly tricked his victims by asking them money in exchange for home electrical repairs. But he never fulfilled his “obligations” after receiving the payments in advance.

Samson admitted he defrauded Veco consumers, saying he started his modus operandi nine months ago. He had duped 21 persons, but he denied having accomplices.

The suspect wore a jacket printed with Veco to establish rapport with his prospective victims.

Victim Gloria Ariola, 62, said Samson came to her residence in Sitio Tugasan, Guadalupe last July 10, and he said was tasked to survey electric meters.

“After that, he said our meter has to be transferred. We trusted him because we thought that he was actually affiliated to Veco,” she said in Cebuano.

On the following day, July 11, Samson came back with forms. After Ariola filled up the documents, the suspect asked for P5,600—P1,600, the total price for two electricity meters; and P4,000, the fees for labor and other needed materials.

Ariola gave P4,000 to Samson as initial payment.

However, Ariola started to doubt when the suspect kept on asking for the P1,600 balance on the same day.

She later learned that Samson was not a Veco employee after consulting her daughter and her nephew, Veco employee Jinrey Uñate. Last May, Veco posted on its official Facebook page the picture of Samson with a warning that he was not connected with the company.

Ariola’s daughter contacted Samson and she pretended her mother would pay P1,600. Samson believed her.

The suspect later fell into the trap and got caught. (WBS)


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