Illegal recruiters nabbed for allegedly scamming 60 in Pangasinan
The PNP in Mangaldan, Pangasinan have arrested suspected illegal recruiters—a Filipina and a Filipino-Taiwanese man—for allegedly scamming at least 60 people looking for jobs overseas, Joan Punsoy reported on Balita Pilipinas on Friday.
Rosalinda Soquila and Richard Dy are accused of taking at least P15,000 from each of their 60 victims, amounting to nearly P1 million in fake processing fees.
Soquila and Dy were arrested in a police operation in Sta. Cruz, Manila after being under surveillance by Mangaldan police.
"Actually, matagal nang sinusubaybayan ng ating kapulisan sa police station na ito, na umabot kami sa Sta. Cruz, Manila para mahuli lang itong mga suspect," P/Sr. Insp. Benny Centeno explained.
Ricky, one of the victims from Tuba, Benguet, said he was left hanging after he paid a placement fee of P15,000 to Suquila in February.
"Direct hire, mapapaalis kaagad-agad, yun ang sinabi nila. Nung February, nagtataka kami bakit wala pa, ang tagal-tagal," he said.
Jason took P25,000 loan to pay Soquila and Dy for a factory worker position in Taiwan.
"Baka singilin na nga ako, wala akong pambayad," he said. "Tapos sabi, sa processing na, tapos mag-prepare ng P25,000. Walang sinabing agency."
Soquila and Dy's victims rushed to the Mangaldan police station where they were jailed in hopes that they will get refunds. They were assisted by officials from the employment services office.
The suspects insisted on their innocence from the supposed scam.
"Yung P25,000 na processing fee pinapahulog doon sa account. Nagpamedical naman sila, doon sila nagbabayad sa medical, hindi po ako kumukuha ng pera," Soquila said.
"Bali nabili na po ng job order pero hindi natuloy sa amin pero pwede namin i-refund," Dy added. —NB, GMA News