Police nab illegal recruiters promising jobs in Japan

Two illegal recruiters arrested by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group -Anti Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU)

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group -Anti Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) has arrested two illegal recruiters who prey on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who want to work in Japan.

The suspects were identified as Levy Mangino, a resident of Pasay City, and Jeffrey Torres, a resident of Pagsanjan, Laguna.

CIDG ATCU CHIEF PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr. the suspects amassed over a million pesos from more than 100 victims.

“Mahigit 100 ang nabiktima nila. Kung susumahin siguro ay more than a million pesos na ang natanggap nitong mga suspek mula sa maraming biktima,” Merdegia said.

(They’ve scammed almost 100 people. If you sum it up, they have collected more than a million pesos from various victims.)

One of the victims said he already gave the suspects a total of P49,000 supposedly to fund his visa, medical and Nihonggo training, aside from the processing fee the suspects demanded.

However, almost ten months had passed and nothing happened in their job applications. It was too late when they verified through Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) that the agency was unregistered and the suspects were facing multiple charges.

“Estafa at illegal recruitment cases ang kakaharapin ng dalawa at ito ay seryosong paglabag at wala itong kaukulang piyansa,” the official said.

(The two are facing estafa and illegal recruitment cases. These are serious violations and non-bailable.)

Authorities again remind job seekers not to easily give in to unverified job offers and always check with POEA for authorized recruitment agencies. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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