THE National Bureau of Investigation-Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division has arrested a female swindler who sold fake gold bars to a Japanese national for P22 million.
NBI-AOCTD Executive Officer Martini Cruz said Marlene Buenaventura was arrested last December 2 at the Euro Hotel in Makati City.
Cruz said Buenaventura was caught in an entrapment operation based on the complaint of a Japanese national.
The victim said he was enticed by the suspect that she has access to a big bulk of gold bars in Singapore and offered to sell him 52 gold bars weighing a kilogram each.
He said that after Buenaventura allegedly showed documents purportedly evidencing the existence and the authority to transport the gold bars, she invited the Japanese national to go with her to Singapore where she showed him several pieces of gold and assured him that she would be able to facilitate the transport of the gold bars from Singapore to Manila.
Cruz said the complainant made payments in advance on several occasions totaling fifty million yen or about P22 million adding that the latter made his last payment of P3.3 million last October 29 with the suspect telling him that the gold bars would be released from the Bureau of Customs.
But just last November 29, Buenaventura again asked for another P3.3 million claiming that his previous payment of P3.3 million was forfeited.
It was at this juncture that the Japanese national decided to file a complaint with the NBI against Buenaventura leading the NBI to ready the entrapment operation.