NBI Arrests Lady Suspect for Selling Money Envelopes w/ P1, 000 Bill Print
CAVITE – A lady suspect has been arrested by the police authorities for selling envelopes with P1, 000 bill print.
The National Bureau of Investigation together with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas launched an entrapment operation in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite against a lady suspect selling envelope, which looks like P1, 000 bill.
The NBI personnel arrested the suspect after the undercover agent who pretended as a customer received 150 pieces of the envelope. The envelopes can be mistaken as real money because of its design and structure.
The seller explained that she is not producing the envelopes and were just reselling them for extra income. ”Di po ako gumagawa nu’n. Nag-re-resell lang po,” the suspect said.
Money envelopes or locally known as “Ampao” were very popular during the Christmas season because it were used as gift. However, any objects with money print is strictly prohibited and subject to corresponding sanctions and penalties.
BSP bank officer II Armida Artango reiterated that imitating and copying Philippine currency notes is considered as a violation of the law. Violators will face five to 10 years jail imprisonment.
“Violation ng BSP Circular 829 series of 2014, ang paggamit ng imahe kahawig o kapareho ng imahe ng Philippine currency bank notes ay ipinagbabawal unless otherwise humingi po sila ng authority sa Bangko Central,” Artango said.
The authorities will continue the operation to arrest individuals selling similar products especially during the upcoming New Year’s Eve.
“Nakakasira ito sa integrity ng pera natin, yung lalabag nito ang parusa nito ay five to ten years na pagkakakulong,” NBI added.
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