Lady con artist nabbed for using name of BBM’s chief of staff in extortion activities

19 April 2022

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a woman who solicited money, using the name of Atty. Vic D. Rodriguez, the chief of staff and spokesman of presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr., purportedly to help the victims of typhoon Agaton.

In a report by Atty. Jerome Bomediano, chief of the Special Action Unit (SAU), to NBI officer-in-charge Director Eric Distor, the suspect is identified as Caseilyn dela Cruz Cardenas, 31, of 1018 Morales St., Lolomboy, Bocuae, Bulacan.

He was arrested based on a complaint filed by Atty. Rodriguez and Arsenio Boy Evangelista of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

It was learned that on April 18, Rodriguez filed a complaint with the NBI after receiving information that some individuals were using his fake Facebook account to illegally solicit money from wealthy businessmen.

The modus operandi of the suspect and her group is to call or send a message to their potential victims before asking for donations for the alleged relief operation of the BBM camp for the victims of typhoon Agaton.

Rodriguez said that many of his friends called him about this type of solicitation and one of those who gave him the information was Evangelista.

Allegedly, Cardenas' group is demanding P120,000 as a shipping fee for deliveries of tons of rice.

The money is forwarded under the name of a Jennylyn E. Complido, with BDO account No. 002430167693.

According to Atty. Mark Santiago, Executive Officer for Operations of NBI-SAU, he immediately instructed Senior Agent (SRA) Levi Anthony Royeras to file an entrapment operation against the suspect.

The suspect was arrested on the night of April 18, in her hometown.

Recovered from the suspect are iPhone 6 unit, a piece of BDO ATM card and a receipt of Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

Cardenas however denied the charge against her claiming that a National Bilibid Prison inmate she identified as a certain Kiko allegedly instructed her to open a bank account where some money will be deposited to be used to buy car.

She admitted that before her arrest, P50,000 had been deposited in her bank account which she sent to Kiko through Cebuana Pera Padala.

When asked about Kiko's real identity, the suspect failed to identify him except by saying that they were former batchmates at Lolomboy National High School.

The suspect is now detained at the NBI detention cell for violating RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) and attempted estafa in relation to RA 10175.

-30-

FILIPINO VERSION

Lady con artist, arestado sa panloloko gamit ang pangalan ni BBM Chief-of-Staff Atty. Rodriguez

INARESTO ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) ang isang babaeng nag-solicit ng pera, gamit ang pangalan ni Atty. Vic D. Rodriguez ang chief of staff ni presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr..

Modus operandi umano ng suspek at ng kanyang mga ka-grupo na manghingi ng tulong gamit ang pekeng FB account ni Rodriguez upang ibigay umanong tulong sa mga biktima ng bagyong Agaton.

Sa report ni Atty. Jerome Bomediano, hepe ng Special Action Unit (SAU), kay NBI officer-in-charge Director Eric Distor, kinilala ang suspek na si Caseilyn dela Cruz Cardenas, 31, naninirahan sa 1018 Morales St., Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan.

Nadakip ang suspek base sa reklamong isinampa nina Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesman at chief of staff ni Marcos; at ni Arsenio Boy Evangelista ng Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

Nabatid na Abril 18 nang maghain ng reklamo si Rodriguez sa NBI upang paimbestigahan ang nakarating sa kanyang impormasyon na may ilang indibidwal ang gumagamit ng kanyang pekeng Facebook account para lamang mag-solicit ng pera sa mga mayayamang negosyante.

Sinabi ni Executive Officer for Administration Kristine dela Cruz, ng NBI-SAU, base sa kanilang imbestigasyon, si Cardenas ang tumatanggap ng pera mula sa iligal na pagso-solicit gamit ang pangalan ni Rodriguez.

Ang modus-operandi umano ng grupo ng suspect ay magtatawag o magpapadala ng message sa ilang mayayamang businessmen saka manghihingi ng donasyon para umano sa relief operation ng BBM camp sa mga biktima ng bagyong Agaton.

Sinabi ni Rodriguez na marami nang kaibigan ang tumawag sa kanya hinggil sa ganitong uri ng pagso-solicit at isa sa nagbigay sa kanya ng impormasyon ay si Evangelista.

Diumano, ang hinihingi ng grupo ni Cardenas ay P120,000 bilang ‘shipping fee’ sa mga delivery ng mga tonelada ng bigas.

Ipinapadala ito sa pangalan ng isang Jennylyn E. Complido, may BDO account No. 002430167693.

Ayon kay Atty. Mark Santiago, executive officer for operations ng NBI-SAU, kaagad niyang inatasan si Senior Agent (SRA) Levi Anthony Royeras na magkasa ng entrapment operation laban sa suspect.

Naaresto ang suspect noong gabi mismo ng Abril 18, sa mismong lugar ng suspek sa Bulacan.

Nakuha sa kanya ang isang iPhone 6 unit, isang piraso ng BDO ATM card at resibo ng Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala.

Sa kanyang panig, itinanggi ni Cardenas ang sumbong laban sa kanya.

Aniya, isang nagngangalang Kiko na umano’y nakakulong sa New Bilibid Prison (NBP) ang nakiusap sa kanya na mag-open ng account dahil may idedeposit umanong pera na pambili ng sasakyan.

Inamin nito na bago ang pagkakaresto sa kanya ay may P50,000 nang naideposit sa kanyang bangko at ipinadala niya ito kay Kiko sa pamamagitan ng Cebuana Pera Padala.

Nang tanungin ang tunay na pangalan ni Kiko, walang matukoy na malinaw na detalye ang suspek. High school batch lamang aniya niya ito sa Lolomboy National High School.

Nakakulong na ngayon sa NBI detention cell ang suspect na sinampahan na sa Bulacan Police Provincial Office si Cardenas ng paglabag sa RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) at attempted estafa in relation to RA 10175.

-30-