THE Enforcement Group of the Bureau of Customs arrested a “con artist” claiming to be an employee of the agency and swindling his victims by posting items on the Internet for sale at very low prices. Customs Police acting director Col. Marlon Alameda, in his report to EG officer-in-charge Atty. Arnel Alcaraz and Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, identified the suspect as ‘Christopher Tuazon’ who also goes by the name ‘Deputy Collector Vicente Borja.’
The entrapment operation conducted by the ESS-EG that led to the arrest of Tuazon/Borja was arranged after a customs employee reported that a post on the Internet declared that a high-end ‘Apple’ laptop computer is for sale at a low price of P37,000.
The unnamed customs employee then dialed the contact number posted at the site where a man talked to him and claimed he is customs deputy collector Vicente Borja assigned at the ‘Auction Section’ of the Port of Manila.
‘Borja’ then instructed the employee to meet with ‘Tuazon’ at the POM to consummate their “deal.”
On verification, it turned out there was no customs official by the name of Vicente Borja and an employee in the name of Christopher Tuazon.
Alameda, with the approval of Alcaraz, then laid down the entrapment operation against the suspect carried out by Special Agents (SA) Lino Arroyo and Nepthali Manalo.
Seized from the suspect were the P1,000 marked money, two fake customs identification cards identifying the suspect as ‘customs representative Christopher Borja’ and ‘deputy collector Vicente Borja.’
Also found in the suspect’s possession was a fake official receipt of the bureau.
The suspect is now facing charges for swindling (estafa), usurpation of authority, falsification of documents and falsification of identity all punishable under the Revised Penal Code.
The ESS-EG is again warning the public to be wary from transacting with individuals claiming to be employees or officials of the bureau, especially those being conducted thru the Internet and to report such incident immediately to their office.