Manufacturer of fake TIN cards nabbed

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AN ONLINE seller manufacturing fake Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) cards was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Central Visayas on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Arrested was Lordelyn Viloria Caballero, a resident of Villabulcita, Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City.

The suspect has been operating a t-shirt printing business and has an online page where she talks to customers.

Lawyer Rennan Oliva, NBI-Central Visayas director, said Thursday, July 14, that they also found out that Caballero has resellers where she assigns the manufacturing of fake TIN cards and other documents.

"Naa siyay account para sa t-shirt printing. Naa sad siyay Facebookaccount nga active for this service. Didto man mi ni communicate ani para makakuha og IDs para sa entrapment operation," Oliva said.

But Caballero denied this Thursday, saying: "Dili man akoy nag print ana sir. Naa lang juy tig encode, tig himo ana. Ako reseller lang pod ko ana. Kay ang giingon sa encoder ana kay siya trabahante daw siya og BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), so naka ana ko na ay kani legit, nya pagka arrest nako nga nahibaw-an nako nga invalid diay ang uban nga ID."

(I am not the one printing it, sir. Somebody else is creating the cards. I am just a reseller. The encoder said he works at BIR, so I thought it was a legitimate transaction, but it was only during my arrest that I realized some IDs were invalid.)

During the NBI operation on Tuesday, seized from the suspect were 43 newly designed TIN cards that bear a QR code and 26 cards with an old design.

Also confiscated were nine fake PhilHealth cards.

The entrapment operation was conducted upon the request of the BIR-Caraga following reports that many people have been manufacturing fake TIN cards.

The BIR told the public that TIN cards can be claimed by employees for free.

The fake cards cost around P120 for old TIN cards and P300 for the new ones.

The agency also advised the public to go through legitimate government agencies to claim IDs and other documents.

Caballero will face charges for violation of Section 257 (B) of the National Internal Revenue Code (Tax Code) and Republic Act 10175, or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. (ANV/LMY)

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