Authorities arrested a swindler who posed as a CITI Bank employee to defraud victims.
Acting Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the suspect as HonoratoTamba Jr., alias Frederick M. Santillan, 41, of 21 Park Line Extension, Bgy. Sangandaan, QC.
Investigation showed that on the afternoon of October 18, 2016, Eric R. Illescas, owner of Aspen Construction Development, reported to the police that a certain Frederick M. Santillan, who pretended to be a CITI Bank employee, offered him different kinds of packages and promos of the said bank, including an increase of his credit limit. In order to avail of the privileges, however, he must surrender his CITI Visa Card to Santillan for upgrading.
When Illescas agreed to the terms and conditions explained by Santillan, he gave him his permission to cut and remove the gold chips of the card and handed it to him. Santillan explained to Illescas that he will surrender the card to Citi Bank and will deliver the new upgraded card to Illescas after three working days.
Little did the complainant know that the suspect withdraw cash in the maximum amount using his credit card.
On Oct. 18, 2016, operatives of Theft and Robbery Section of CIDU-QCPD headed by Senior Insp. Alan dela Cruz went to the complainant’s construction firm after learning from the latter that Santillan will go there to give his upgraded credit card.
Operatives approached Santillan, who presented an identification card from CITI Bank bearing the name Frederick M. Santillan. However, the operatives noticed that the photograph appearing on the identification card did not match with the bearer. During the confrontation, Santillan confessed that his real name was Honorato Sumida Tamba Jr. and he used the name Frederick M. Santillan in his fraudulent scheme.
The suspect was brought to QCPD Crime Laboratory for physical examination and subsequently to CIDU-QCPD together with the dilapidated card and other evidence for proper disposition.
On Oct. 19, 2016, charges for violation of RA 8484 (Access Devices Act of 1998), usurpation of authority, concealing true name and falsification of public document was referred for inquest at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. Assistant City Prosecutor Reuben Ritzuko T. Veradio recommended the filing of charges of violation of RA-8484 with recommended bail of P20,000, concealing true name with bail of P2,000 and falsification of private document with bail of P12,000.