A doctor and his wife were arrested by the members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in San Carlos City and Calatrava town, Negros Occidental Tuesday for alleged large scale illegal recruitment and estafa.
Those arrested were identified as Liza Golez Justalero, 33, of San Carlos City, and Dr. Nilo Justalero, 50, of Iloilo City, by CIDG-Negros Occidental head, Chief Insp. Ray Cuanico said yesterday.
The doctor was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. at the Calatrava Municipal Health Office, where he works, while his wife was apprehended in her residence at Newtown Subdivision, Brgy. 1, in San Carlos City an hour later, Cuanico said.
They were arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 91 Judge Lita Tolentino Genilo of the National Capital Judicial Region in Quezon City, who denied them bail, he also said.
Information reaching the office of CIDG-Negros Occidental showed that the couple allegedly recruited several residents in General Trias in Cavite and promised them jobs as caregivers in London.
A four-minute and 33 second presentation on, YouTube, showed that the couple is alleged to have duped several residents at the Governors Hills Subdivision in Trias.
The couple is also accused of asking for P25,000 as placement fees from each recruit. Most of their victims allegedly belong to poor families, who borrowed money so they could pay the fees.
Cuanico said they were informed by a concerned citizen that the couple have an arrest warrant and that he had sent one of his personnel to Quezon City to get the arrest warrants and serve them to the couple.
It was also learned during further investigation that Nilo Justalero was a former priest assigned to the Bacolod Diocese.
Msgr. Victorino Rivas, Vicar General of the Bacolod Diocese, said Justalero had been asked to take a break and settle his personal problems, but he failed to return.*APN