Bogus INTERPOL recruiters nabbed

SORSOGON CITYFive persons who pretended to be members of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) here for usurpation of authority.

Photo via CIDG Bicol
The suspects were identified as Raymond Jalmansar, Salvador Demdam Deterio, Jelyn Berenger, Santos Jarlego, and Conrad Villagomes.

Allegedly, the suspects were trying to recruit members for the INTERPOL, a a non-governmental organization facilitating international police cooperation based in France.

To complete the process, the group reportedly required interested applicants to shell out P44,500 in exchange for membership and benefits.

Reports of the group’s recruitment activity reached the local authorities, who required them to present documents identifying them as members of the organization.

When they failed to present the same, the group was apprehended.

The police confiscated from the suspects several firearms, along with INTERPOL identification cards which were believed to be fake.

It will be recalled that last year, reports of similar bogus groups had been recorded in other parts of the country, including Nueva Vizcaya and Cagayan province.

Police Director Alex Paul Monteagudo of the Philippine National Police in a memorandum alerted Police Regional Offices and National Support Units to closely monitor the reports.

He also advised the public to contact the Interpol Manila National Central Bureau Secretariat should they receive information about said recruiters.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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