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Latest News Philippines: ‘Snake’ woman caught – Journal.com.ph:
FREDA de la Cruz Nagtalon swiftly changes aliases just like a snake shedding skin. She goes around introducing herself either as Dhang Llanto, Fred Llanto, Rose Aguinaldo and Roselyn Aguinaldo. Like a serpent, she uses her vile tongue to snatch and swindle prey. Thanks to the HPG headed by Chief Supt. Leonardo A. Espina, her sly acts are over.
Espina said Nagtalon had been arrested several times in the past for estafa but she always managed to post bail.
Last June 5, she was arrested by agents of the HPG Special Operations Division-Task Force Limbas headed by Supt. Ronald O. Lee for running away with the 1997 model Mercedes Benz van (URJ-211) of retired Marine reservist Angelito B. Noriega and demanding P140,000 for its release.
Nagtalon was nabbed in an entrapment operation at the KFC outlet along P. Tuazon Avenue in Cubao, QC.
“I am calling on other victims of Nagtalon to go to our office and file appropriate criminal charges against her,” Espina said.
Nagtalon, a resident of Bravo Coy Street, Pines Ville Subdivision in Bgy. Dolores, Taytay, Rizal, is facing charges for carnapping and qualified theft before a Taytay prosecutor’s office.
Espina said their investigation into Nagtalon’s case was just a tip of the iceberg. Authorities discovered her other other illegal activities and uncovered her modus operandi in stealing motor vehicles.
At least 12 other persons have showed up at the HPG headquarters and identified Nagtalon as the same woman who gypped them of more than P500,000. The complainant said the con woman sold them fraudulent Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board franchises and promised to facilitate their franchises with the help of her alleged LTFRB contacts.
Some of the complainants who paid a minimum of P100,000 to Nagtalon in exchange for non-existent LTFRB franchises were identified as Estelita Lozano, Jasmin Villa, Juanito de Villa, Villamor Taccad and Nora Bondoc.
Espina said the victims also showed warrants of arrest issued by different courts against Nagtalon who was found to be using four other aliases.
Various courts have issued arrest warrants against Nagtalon for estafa or violation of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code.
Espina said Nagtalon’s arrest came in the wake of a complaint filed against her by Noriega who claimed that the suspect pawned his Mercedes Benz van to one Bernard Sapitula for P140,000.
Noriega said he entrusted his van for repairs at the motor shop owned by Nagtalon’s live-in partner Diosdado Llanto in Taytay.
The complainant said that when he returned to claim his vehicle a month later, it had already been taken by Nagtalon without Llanto’s knowledge. The suspect also then told him he could no longer see his vehicle unless he shells out P140,000.
The demand prompted the victim to seek the assistance of the HPG.
Espina said that around 5 p.m. last June 5, Nagtalon instructed Noriega to meet her at the KFC branch along P. Tuazon Avenue. A few minutes later, Nagtalon showed up along with the van driven by one Bernard Sapitula.
When taken in for questioning by the SOD-Task Force Limbas operatives led by Inspector Doroteo R. Tolentino, Sapitula claimed that he merely went to collect the debt owed him by the suspect whom he knew as Rose Aguinaldo.
It turned out that Nagtalon had borrowed P140,000 from Sapitula. She used the van as a ‘collateral’ by making a fake special power of attorney.
Espina said one of the complainants identified as Anna Victoria Maghirang, an owner of a car-for-rent shop in San Pedro, Laguna also appeared at the HPG Headquarters and complained that her Ford Expedition was also taken by Nagtalon last May 16 on the pretext of ‘renting’ it.
However, Maghirang said the suspect failed to return her vehicle nor pay for its rent.
The PNP-HPG has recorded a more than 50 percent reduction in car theft cases in the country so far this year compared to the same period last year.
However, many cases do not include cases which have been validated not to be carnapping but were reported as carnapping cases in different police stations nationwide. These incidents include estafa, casino-pawned and other pawned vehicles, spouses’ conflict, non-payment of sales proceeds, refusal to pay monthly amortization specially in motorcycles, insurance fraud, repossessed vehicles not turned over by bank agents for insurance claim purposes, hoax or feigned reports for insurance claim purposes and such other related circumstances.
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