A woman introducing herself as a liaison officer of the Pag-IBIG Fund was nabbed in Mandaluyong City for allegedly swindling her church mates whom she offered to buy foreclosed housing units in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran Jr., Mandaluyong police chief, said suspect Madeleine Perez, 32, married, with given addresses at Bagong Silang, Caloocan City and Bgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, was arrested inside the Pag-IBIG Fund office located at 7th Floor JELP Solutions Bldg., 409 Shaw Boulevard, Bgy. Addition Hills, at around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Records obtained by Journal Group showed that Perez was charged yesterday before the Mandaluyong City Prosecutor’s Office for falsification of public documents.
SPO3 Richard Laroga, Criminal Investigation chief, said the suspect was arrested when the complainants discovered that their application for the housing units were fake.
According to the victims, identified as Judy Estoril, Antonio Nunez, Gemma Nunez: Josefina San Felipe and Joseph Salcedo, all residents of San Jose Del Monte, the suspect was their church mate, who represented herself as liaison officer of Pag-IBIG Fund. They were offered and enticed to buy a Pag-IBiG acquired assets or foreclosed properties located in San Jose Del Monte.
The victims said Perez asked them to pay P3,000 as processing fee.
Laroga said the suspect and the victims agreed to meet at the Pag-IBIG Fund office in Mandaluyong where their documents are being processed to show that their transactions were legal.
The complainants arrived earlier at the Pag-IBIG Fund office and immediately asked officials of Pag-IBIG about the said transactions and even showed receipts dated March 2018 and P3,000 they paid as processing fee given by the suspect.
But Atty. Billy Jim Carungui, 33, Atty 3 of Pag-IBIG Fund, informed them that Perez is not connected with the Pag-IBIG Fund and the receipts the complainants are holding are fake.
The official explained to the victims that teller one Armie Roles written on the said receipt was not an employee of the Pag-IBIG Fund.
When the suspect arrived late at the Pag-IBIG office, she was immediately apprehended by Rommel Talosa, security guard of Pag-IBIG and brought her to the Mandaluyong Police Station for filing of charges.
The suspect, according to police, said that she was not aware that she was also victimized by a certain Ana whom she claimed as an employee of Pag-IBIG, who offered and promised her that she can process applications for the housing units in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
“Wala namang mabanggit ang suspek na apelyido nu’ng Ana na sinabi n’ya, at ’di rin empleyado ng Pag-IBIG’ yong Ana. Nagtiwala ’yung mga biktima kasi church mate nga nila ’yung babaing suspek na may benta daw na foreclosed na property sa Bulacan pero ang processing sa Pag-IBIG Fund-Mandaluyong City, pero claim ng suspect naloko din lang daw sya ni Ana,” Laroga added.
The suspect was detained at the Mandaluyong police detention cell.
Police are asking other victims of the suspect to come up and file charges against the suspect.