3 British nationals arrested for investment fraud in Cavite

admin   •   April 8, 2017   •   6788

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Three British nationals allegedly involved in investment scam were arrested in Brgy. Maduya, Carmona, Cavite.

They were identified as Andrew Robson, Graham Allan Bennet and Dominic Whellams, working as consultant, trainer and IT expert respectively at Plustel Solutions.

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the suspects are selling non-existent bonds, securities and similar products to foreign investors.

They are, however, not authorized to do so.

“The moment they called them and these possible victims show interest, there is already a pressured selling, telling them about good news of the shares that are not of value actually,” said Atty. Jose Aquino, director of SEC’s Enforcement and Investor Protection Department

They were charged under the Securities Regulation Code and the Anti-Cybercrime Law.

It is still unknown what shares they are selling and who were they able to defraud.

These will be determined after the forensic examination of more than a hundred computer and gadgets used in their operation.

One of the suspects denied the allegations and insisted they are only working as consultants for the company.

“Our product is a DID (Direct Inward Dialing) for insurance companies, for money transfer companies, anything like that. We do not deal with securities; we do not deal with anything like that whatsoever. All the allegations are false,” said suspect, Andrew Robson.

Thirty eight Filipinos working for the Plustel Solutions were also arrested.

Other employees were also brought to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI spokesperson, Atty. Ferdinand Lavin reminds the public, “Be careful because there are investment companies masquerading as BPOs or what we call the call centers. But what they do actually will put you in a very bad condition.” — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News and Rescue

Ship carrying toxic waste from South Korea nabbed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2019

The Philippine Coastguard (PCG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) nabbed a ship for carrying toxic waste from South Korea on November 22 in Zambales.

In a post from the PCG, authorities arrested the master and crew of a merchant ship carrying 53,000 metric tons (MT) of toxic substance from Gwangyang Port, South Korea.

“Based on the report provided by the National Coast Watch Center (NCWC), the joint PCG-NBI team proceeded to the area to intercept the Liberian-flagged merchant ship from South Korea carrying the toxic substance recognized as phospho gypsum,” according to the post.

According to the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) phospho gypsum is a ‘radioactive’ substance due to the presence of naturally occurring radioactive elements.

The PCG said the team immediately boarded the ship and requested the master to present the cargo permits for such operation, but he failed to do so.

“The ship master, its crew, as well as the crane operators were arrested and were brought at the NBI Headquarters in Manila for proper custody and further investigation,” the PCG said.—AAC

Duterte orders NBI to take over Clarin town mayor David Navarro’s slay case

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to stop its investigation on Clarin-Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro’s slay case.

Navarro was ambushed by armed men on his way to Cebu City Prosecutor’s office on board a police patrol car on October 25 for inquest proceedings on charges of alleged sexual assault.

He was on Duterte’s drug watchlist of narco-politicians.

The President said he wanted an impartial investigation that is why he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to handle the case instead.

Navarro was under police custody when the crime happened.

Mas gusto ko ang NBI na lang…kasi noong nangyari iyan, kasama ang pulis (I prefer that the NBI [conduct the investigation] because when the incident happened, the police were there),” Duterte said.

“To make it really fair, I’d like to order the police to terminate their investigations and hand it to the NBI whatever documents and all proof or evidence that they have in their hands,” he added.

The Chief Executive said he had a conversation with Navarro several weeks before the ambush where the local official admitted to receiving death threats.

The PNP, for its part, assured that it is ready to heed the President’s order while the Department of Justice (DOJ) welcomes the President’s decision.

“Given the circumstances surrounding the killing of Clarin Mayor Navarro, the President’s directive for the NBI to take over the investigation of the incident should quell any doubts regarding this government’s commitment to solve the case and bring to account those responsible,” concluded DOJ Spokesperson Mark Perete. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

BI to deport alleged ex-Yakuza member wanted for fraud in Japan

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a Japanese national, allegedly a former member of the Yakuza crime syndicate, who is wanted by the authorities for fraud.

The BI on Monday said its Fugitive Search Unit arrested 71-year old Katsumi Ohno in an operation conducted last Sept. 30 on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

Arresting agents nabbed Ohno on the strength of a warrant of deportation order issued by the BI Board of Commissioners last June 20.

The BI said the Japanese Embassy sought for the suspect’s deportation last February following information that Ohno is facing a standing arrest warrant for fraud issued by a Japanese court.

The bureau also learned that the suspects’ passport had expired last November 2018, making him an undocumented alien.

Investigation revealed that Ohno arrived in the Philippines as a tourist in 2011 and has been hiding here since.

Ohno is currently detained at the BI jail in Bicutan, Taguig City.

He has also been included in the immigration blacklist to prevent him from returning to the Philippines.

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