Police Arrest Wedding Coordinator Naser Fuentes Over Estafa Charges
The police authorities arrested the viral wedding coordinator identified as Naser Fuentes for scamming a newly-wed couple.
Over the past few days, the couple Cherry Pie Purisima and Arniel Satingasin became the headlines of several local news outlets and numerous social media pages after their wedding coordinator Naser Fuentes scammed them.
The couple hired the coordinator to organize their wedding and reduce stress in planning the special event. The two paid Fuentes with P65, 000, which is the full payment for the wedding package.
The wedding package is supposed to include the reception venue, decorations and food. The suspect even showed at Purisima’s residence the morning before the wedding and act like organizing the incident.
Unfortunately, the newly-wed couple could not contact the coordinator around lunch time and assumed that he was just busy. However, the bride gets disappointed after discovering that the reception venue is closed with no foods and decorations prepared.
The online community has expressed their sympathy towards the couple and criticized the coordinator for ruining Cherry’s special day.
On Thursday (September 24, 2021), the suspect attempted to take his own life on his rented apartment in in Purok Sampaguita, Barangay Casili, Consolacion. He has been spotted sitting in a wheel chair at a hospital in Mandaue City.
Fuentes reportedly cut his pulse due to frustration and guilt after deceiving his clients. He was rushed to the hospital and currently in good condition.
The Basak Police Station 3 in Mandaue City Police Office together with City Intelligence Unit (CIU) launched a joint operation to arrest the scammer after Mandaue City RTC Br. 55 Presiding Judge Hon. Ferdinand T. Rafanan issued an arrest warrant.
Rafanan issued a bench warrant against Fuentes over Estafa charges filed in 2013. No bail bond has been recommended.
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