TWO suspects, including a cop, are now facing charges of syndicated estafa for allegedly failing to return the money paid to them to facilitate “bail” for a non-bailable case.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the suspects as Ofelia Bali-coco, 42, of 14 Bougainvilla corner Painagkaisa St., Bgy. Commonwealth, QC; and PO3 Eliezer Dalisay, 37, presently assigned at Talipapa Police Station.
Investigation showed that last December 2016, Balicoco demanded cash from complainants Rochelle Sta. Maria, 41, Siony Pineda, 39, and a minor student, whose relatives were detained in PS-3, to facilitate “bail” for non-bailable cases of RA 9165, by arranging for the reduction of charges to bailable offenses.
On Dec. 21, 2016, Sta. Maria had given a total of P100,000 to Balicoco, while Pineda had given a total of P61,000 on different dates. Balicoco also received P105,000 from Blenda Lyn dela Cruz, aunt of the minor student.
After the transaction, the suspect did not deliver on her promises and keep eluding them instead. The complainants then sought assistance from Talipapa police.
Acting on the information, PS-3 personnel conducted an entrapment operation at around 9:15 a.m of Jan. 27, 2017 at a food chain branch on Mindanao Ave., Bgy. Tandang Sora, QC.
Stephanie Bartolome, a niece of complainant Sta. Maria, pretended to be relative of a detainee in PS-3 who wanted help to have his non-bailable charges reduced to bailable ones.
During the transaction, Bartolome handed Balicoco P7,000 in marked money. Balicoco was apprehended after receiving the amount.
Upon investigation, Balicoco revealed that the recently deceased Assistant Prosecutor Noel Mingoa, who was killed in an ambush on January 11, 2017 on Commonwealth Ave., was her contact at the Quezon City Hall of Justice on previous transactions and averred that she shares the proceeds from such transcations with PO3 Eliezer Dalisay, who was also immediately arrested and subjected to further investigation.
Both suspects were later presented for inquest for syndicated estafa to Asst. City Prosecutor Alessandro D. Jurado. Both are detained at QCPD PS-3.