Muntinlupa City Employee, Accomplice Arrested for Extortion, Swindling

NBI Arrest a Muntinlupa City Employee, Accomplice for Extortion, Swindling

Operatives of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a Muntinlupa City employee along with accomplice over extortion and swindling accusation.

A Muntinlupa City employee and his alleged accomplice were arrested by NBI officers for allegedly extorting money and swindling a citizen who was applying for city licenses. According to a report in the Manila Bulletin, the suspects would process the permits in two weeks if she paid P43,500 right now.

Muntinlupa City Employee Extortion

Tessie Cortez Alvarez and James Villafranca Magan, both employees of Muntinlupa City’s Office of the City Engineer and Building Official, were the two arrested suspects, according to the NBI. The suspects were apprehended by the NBI’s International Airport Investigation Division during an entrapment operation on Friday, May 28. (NBI-IAID).

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The Muntinlupa City Prosecutor’s Office has accused Alvarez and Magan with estafa, a crime under the Revised Penal Code, according to NBI. Magan was additionally charged with breaking the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019) as well as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713).

According to the NBI, the entrapment operation was carried out in response to a complaint filed against Alvarez. The complainant requests assistance from the suspects in the processing of Fencing Permit and other permits purportedly required for the installation of Maynilad water in his home in Tunasan, Muntinlupa, such as Excavation Permit and Meralco for Electrical Wiring Permit.

The suspect tells the complainant that the licenses will be delivered within two weeks provided the required payment is made promptly, and she also revealed that she has a contact inside Muntinlupa City Hall’s Engineering Office.

However, after Alvarez alleged that Magan demanded an extra P15,000 for the release of the documents notwithstanding the payment of P43,500, the complaint decided to seek help from NBI.

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