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NCRPO apprehended four suspects for credit card frauds and falsification of documents

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The Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) NCRPO under the leadership of PDIR GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR, Regional Director, NCRPO successfully conducted operations on March 13, 2019 at about 9:00 am inside Resorts World Hotel Casino , Pasay City, another at 1:00pm in front of No. 6459 Instruction St., Sampaloc, Manila and the third operation at Number 9, Examiner Street, West Triangle, Quezon City. The said operations resulted in the arrest of four suspects involved in credit card fraud and falsification of documents. The suspects were identified as; Czarynah Datu y Acbangin, 37 years old, native of Manila, resident of Quezon City; Paul Cabalza y Bello, 45 years old, native of Manila, resident of Paco Manila ; Eduardo Nera Jr. Y Allen, 41 years old, native of Manila, resident of West Triangle, Quezon City; Teresita Caranglan y Albos, 61 years old native of Manila, resident of Sampaloc Manila. The operation stemmed from a call received by the RSOU operatives from a security officer of RESORTS WORLD MANILA on March 13, 2019 that a suspected person was in possession and control of credit card that was used in fraudulent transaction. Operatives then immediately responded to the area to verify the veracity of the report. Series of questions were asked to Datu who was trying to withdraw money with the use of a credit card/Master card to the Cage Manager, Window 13 of Casino Garden Wing located at the Ground Floor of Resorts World Manila accompanied by a male person later identified as Nera Jr. After careful assessment of the fake identification cards showed by Datu, she was brought to Resorts World Security Unit Office while Nera Jr. refused to come with the Security Officers and deny that he knew Datu. He said he was just assisting a potential VIP and immediately leave the area. Subsequently, it was later revealed that Datu was engaged in fraudulent acts using credit card under the name Jasmine S Reymundo. Thereafter, police authorities and Resorts World Manila Security requested for verification from Banco De Oro personnel -who called Fraud Quality Risk Department whether the suspect was authorized to possess and use the credit card however, it yielded negative result. Upon the complaint from BDO, represented by Mr. Martin Ramon M. Aragon, Fraud Management Unit Investigation Team, BDO Unibank Inc. that the credit card was indeed used fraudulently, operatives effected the arrest of Datu. Recovered pieces of evidence in the possession of Datu were 1 cellular phone, BDO Forever 21 Master Credit Card, suspected fake PRC ID for Physician, COMELEC ID and suspected fake Philippine Passport which are all under the name Jasmine Raymundo y Santos. The suspect admitted the crime and further revealed the source of credit cards by leading the authorities to the whereabouts of her cohorts. During the interview inside the Security Unit Office, Datu received a call from Nera Jr. inquiring whether she evaded the arrest. The phone was in speaker mode and the instruction of Nera Jr. to Datu to proceed at Sampaloc, Manila was heard by the operatives. They immediately proceeded to the area together with Datu wherein one police officer acted as a taxi driver. Datu asked for the fare through the number used by Nera Jr. then a female person approached and gave five hundred pesos. The female later identified as Caranglan. She said she was instructed by a certain Cabalza to give the money. Caranglan and Datu called out Cabalza and when Cabalza went outside, Datu pointed out that he is the one who provided her alleged fake credit cards, IDs and passport. During the verification, Cabalza pulled out from his wallet assorted cards. Upon confirming that the cards do not belong to him, operatives effected his arrest. Recovered pieces of evidence in possession of Cabalza were 1 samsung tablet, 1 cellular phone, 1 citibank visa credit card under the name of Park Woo Seung, 1 Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Miles and 1 Cebuana Lhuillier 24k Plus Card same under the name of Cabalza, 1 Palawan Pera Padala Card and 1 BDO ATM Debit Card under the name of Pauleen D Cabalza. Caranglan then obstructed the arrest of her friend Cabalza. While resisting, she dropped a Metrobank Mastercard under the name of Lolita T Moreno and the cellular phone used in contacting Czarynah. There and then, operatives effected the arrest of Caranglan. Recovered pieces of evidence in possession of Caranglan were 1 Metrobank Mastecard under the name of Lolita T Moreno and the cellular phone. Consequently, Cabalza revealed the residence of Nera Jr., the one who was with Datu at Resorts World and the first to use the phone of Caranglan in contacting Datu. Upon arriving at West Triangle, Quezon City, operatives identified Nera Jr. through the review of CCTV camera at Resorts World, thus effected his arrest. The recovered pieces of evidence in possession of Nera Jr. were skimming device, Louis Vitton Booklet containing different card information and contact numbers of prospected subjects, 1 Driver’s license and 1 Security Bank Mastercard same under the name of Nera Jr., 1 BPI Card under the name of Sanghak Lee, 2 Wells Fargo Debit Card under the name of Adina Rosengarten and Kari Ann Pallotto respectively. Suspects and recovered pieces of evidence were brought at RSOU office for proper disposition. Cases for violation of RA 8484 (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998), violation of RA 8239 (The Philippine Passport Act of 1996) and violation of Article 172 of RPC (Falsification by private individuals and use of Falsified Documents) will be filed against the suspects. PCSUPT CRIZALDO O NIEVES, the Deputy Regional Director for Operations, during the press briefing, reminded the public to be alert whenever their credit cards are being swiped in restaurants and establishments. He said, “As much as possible, dapat ay nakikita natin na siniswipe ang ating credit cards. Kung maaaring samahan sa counter ay gawin para sa higit na proteksyon ng mga detalye nito”. PDIR ELEAZAR said, “Patuloy po nating pinag iingat ang ating mga kababayan laban sa mga kawatan. Makikita natin na nagkalat ang mga mapanlinlang. Gayunpaman, maaasahan nyo na ang Team NCRPO ay mananatiling handa upang magbantay at protektahan ang ating mga kababayan”. #teamNCRPO #PIOncrpo #creditcardfraud

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