NBI to subject 12 to inquest proceedings for credit card fraud
NEGROS ORIENTAL, Philippines – Twelve individuals suspected of involvement in syndicated credit card fraud were subjected to inquest proceedings at the local prosecutor's office on Thursday, September 14, two days after they were arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during an entrapment operation.
An inquest proceeding, as provided by the Rules of Court, happens when a person is arrested by law enforcers without the existence of an arrest order or warrant, or is caught in the act of committing a crime.
NBI operatives in Negros Oriental nabbed the 12 suspects at a house in Dumaguete City on Tuesday night, September 12.
Seized from the suspects were several credit cards bearing different identities. These were allegedly used in various transactions. Also seized were falsified personal identification cards used alongside the compromised credit cards.
The NBI said charges for violation of Republic Act No. 8484 have been filed against the following:
- John Clyde Angeles
- Ramon Rodriguez
- Jonathan Adajar
- Joseph Nombre
- Alpha Christian Villanueva
- Erickson Raymundo
- Albert Marasigan
- Ray Lester Lizardo
- Edward Mijares
- Niño Pinidi
- Christopher Fernandez
- Bernardo Saragina
They all claimed to be coming from the National Capital Region.
RA 8484, or "the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998," states offenders could face up to 12 years in prison after guilt has been established by the court.
In May last year, NBI agents also arrested a suspected hacker, Eduardo Friolanita, of Sibulan town, Negros Oriental, who allegedly used stolen credit card numbers in booking hotel sites. – Rappler.com
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