Quezon City policemen arrested four Cameroon nationals for swindling thru estafa and the seizure of several fake US banknotes, and two suspected cohorts after bribing the police for the release of the suspects.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. identified the suspects as Bame Jacob, 42, auto mechanic, of 5th Ave. Condo Place, Bonifacio Global City; Ogie Oscar Mbang, 48, businessman, of Guadalupe, Makati; Tangang Yannick Ndare, 27, student, also of Guadalupe, and Aly Camara, 33, of St. Francisco St., Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
They were arrested by operatives of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) under Supt. Gil Torralba.
Reports said the victims, identified as Nancy Payumo, 40, Peter Telan, 58, Leonardo Bernardo, 46, and certain Evelyn Tuason had once bought genuine US dollars from the suspects.
However, last April, by means of false pretenses and fraudulent means, the suspects showed them how to counterfeit US dollars which appeared to be genuine when applied with an unknown liquid chemical.
The suspects brought the complainants to an unidentified person who confirmed that the US dollar was genuine.
This further convinced the victims to believe that the fake banknotes appeared to be genuine when applied with the liquid chemical.
The victims then bought $100 for P5,200 and were convinced to invest by buying the liquid chemical for P300,000.
They were promised that their money will be doubled.
On May 16, 2018, at 1 p.m., the suspects met with the victims at Trinoma parking in Quezon City and gave P300,000 for the said investment.
The two parties again met on May 21, 2018 at the same place supposedly for the victims to get their investment.
However, the suspects gave them raw $100 in a transparent plastic and were told to wait for the arrival of the liquid chemical.
They then agreed to meet again on May 23, 2018 at the SM North EDSA to get their return of investment.
Sensing that they were defrauded, the victims sought assistance at the DSOU who immediately hatched an entrapment operation at 7:30 p.m. at the parking lot of SM North EDSA that led in their arrest.
Seized from the suspects were three small vaults containing 5,220 fake US Federal Reserves which will be submitted to the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for authenticity and safekeeping.
The suspects will be charged with swindling thru estafa (a violation of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code) and illegal possession of false treasury or bank notes and other instruments of credit (Article 168 of RPC).
Meanwhile, two persons who appeared to the DSOU this morning and offered bribe to the police investigators in exchange for the release of the suspects were also arrested.
Esquivel identified them as Michael Amungwa, 42, also a Cameroonian and Ma. Ruby Verzosa, 55, a Filipino. He said, the two offered P200,000 cash to the police inside the DSOU office that led in their arrest.
They will be charged with bribery thru corruption of public official, an act punishable under the Revised Penal Code.