A 20-year-old woman, who was arrested in an entrapment operation on Monday, is now detained at the Police Station 1 in Bacolod City for 13 counts of estafa and illegal recruitment charges filed against her at the City Prosecutors Office yesterday.
Station 1 chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada identified the suspect as Erlin Macajaran, 20, of Brgy. Sicaba, Cadiz City in Negros Occidental.
Investigation showed that on Monday morning, about 15 persons, mostly from Bacolod, complained at the Police Station 1 that Macajaran had recruited and promised them job opportunities that offer bigger salaries, since August 28 this year.
Macajaran, who posed as a checker for a frozen food company, had asked for money from them for the processing of their resumés, police clearance, National Bureau of Investigation clearance, uniform, and identification cards, Leada said.
The complainants said they trusted Macajaran since she is their church companion, and she promised to give them jobs in the frozen food company. Later they suspected it to be a scam since it took a long time to materialize.
Leada said Macajaran was found not to be connected with the company, of which she claimed to be an employee.
When Macajaran demanded for additional payment from Bonniefaith Roquero for the processing of lacking requirements, Station 1 policemen planned an entrapment operation and the P200 in marked money, was recovered from her, at the Tiera Plaza Food Court, Rizal-Gatuslao streets, Brgy. 11 in Bacolod at about 4:45 p.m. on Monday.
Leada said some of the victims, who worked at cellular phone shops, had resigned from their jobs because of Macajaran’s promise of greener pastures.
About P19,900 in cash was taken by the suspect, whose approach is to convince prospective victims and tell them that she has jobs for them, Leada said.
Macajaran, meanwhile, told the police that she used the money to pay her boarding house, and used some to buy liquor.
Leada said that they will investigate further to see whether she has other companions in the operation.*SGG