8th most wanted person in Bohol in police custody

MEMBERS of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Bohol Provincial Field Unit (CIDG-BPFU) arrested the province’s eight most wanted person in Purok 3, Barangay Bolod in the town of Panglao on Wednesday morning, September 28, 2022.

Lieutenant Colonel Saturnino Estigoy, chief of the CIDG-BPFU, served the warrant of arrest to 30-year-old Mary Jane Loreche, who is charged with estafa for allegedly violating Republic Act (RA) 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The warrant was issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 50 Judge Samuel Amila Biliran in Loay, Bohol.

Based on the information gathered by the CIDG-BPFU, Loreche allegedly swindled several persons online for a total amount of P6 million.

She reportedly worked as an administrative staff for Repa/Repa Paluwagan with operations in Bohol, Davao, Bukidnon and Cebu.

Based on reports, persons behind it acting as “administrators” and “sellers” communicated with their victims on Facebook, Messenger or other chat groups and offered them “limited slots” for investment packages of up to P50,000.

They promised a return of P20,000, “or an equivalent of 40 percent interest rate of return in just a short period of time of two weeks.”

On September 23, members of the CIDG-BPFU also served a warrant of arrest to Arnulfo Oca Reyes, 58, a resident of Purok 7, Barangay Cabudburan, Calape town.

Reyes, who is the fifth most wanted person in Bangued town in Abra Province in Luzon, is charged with violating Article 254 of RA 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, for trying to shoot his own sibling in La Paz town in the same province last March.

The warrant was issued by RTC Branch 2 Judge Corpuz Bonnit Alzate in Bangued.

Bail was set at P120,000. (BBT, PJB)