'Big-time' illegal recruiter falls in QC sting operation
An alleged big-time illegal recruiter was arrested Monday in an entrapment operation in a mall in Quezon City, the police said Tuesday.
Antonio Garate Toca Jr. was arrested by agents from the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) upon receiving the marked money from the complainant.
Toca, 49, has been allegedly luring prospective OFWs with job offers in Canada.
"However, it turned out that the suspect is not authorized to recruit," said Police Chief Inspector Roque Merdegia Jr., officer in charge of CIDG-ATCU.
The police said the sting operation was launched after it received a letter-request from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, which has received a dozen complaints against the suspect.
According to information reaching the police, Toca would ask for money from his victims for the processing of travel documents for their employment in Canada.
Recovered from the suspect were the marked money composed of four P500 bills.
Toca is facing cases large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa. He underwent inquest proceedings at the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday morning. —KBK, GMA News