Illegal recruiter promising P100K salary in South Korea falls in entrapment

An illegal recruiter promising as much as P150,000 monthly salary for a factory job in South Korea was nabbed by authorities.

Flora Guzman was reported by three of her hopeful recruits after she demanded medical and training fees ranging from P70,000 – P150,000 but failed to send any of them abroad.

The victims said Guzman even asked for additional P30,000 for the supposed purchase of tickets.

This is when CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit chief PSupt Roque Merdegia, Jr. began setting up an entrapment operation at a mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa where Guzman was eventually captured.

“Ito namang mga suspek ay hinihikayat pang mag participate sa pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS) yung mga biktima dahil yun na lang daw ang kulang kaya kailangan nilang umattend sa PDOS at magbigay ng additional P10,000 para sa ticket (The suspect even encouraged the victims to participate in the pre-departure orientation seminar. She said they need to attend one and pay additional P10,000 for the ticket) ,” Merdegia said

He added that the police are also looking for Guzman’s accomplice, Michelle de Quiroz.

Guzman will be slapped with charges of estafa and illegal recruitment.

“Dumadaan sa kanya ang pera and we were surprised na siya pa ang nagka conduct ng pre-departure orientation seminar (The money went through her. We were surprised that she was conducting pre-departure orientation seminars), Merdegia said.

The case serves as a reminder to always check the legitimacy of recruitment agents and agencies at POEA to avoid falling prey to criminals. – Lea Ylagan

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