DAGUPAN CITY – Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation–Dagupan District Office (NBI-DADO) have arrested a businesswoman allegedly involved in a PHP27-million “large-scale” estafa in an entrapment operation in Barangay Lucao here.
In an interview on Tuesday, NBI-DADO supervising agent lawyer Fabienne Matib identified the suspect as Jennifer Gumapos, co-owner of a spa, a real-estate broker, and resident of Lingayen town, Pangasinan.
Matib said the arrest came after a complaint was lodged before the NBI-DADO wherein the suspect was reported to have been using Procter and Gamble, Jollibee Foods Corporation, and other large companies in her swindling activities.
She said Gumapos was arrested after receiving the boodle money used by the authorities to entrap the suspect.
“Sinasabi ng suspect na i-invest ang pera sa stocks at nangangako nang 8.5 to 10 percent na return of investment sa pera ng mga taong naloloko niya (The suspect asked for money allegedly to be invested in the stocks with the promise of 8.5 to 10 percent return of investment to the victims),” Matib said.
She said the suspect started her swindling activities in October 2019 wherein over 20 other complainants are expected to show up to pursue legal actions against Gumapos.
“Inaasahan natin na aabot sa PHP500 million ang accumulated na perang nakulimbat ng suspect kapag lumutang ang iba pang complainants (We are expecting that the accumulated money she took amount to PHP500 million if the other complainants pursue legal actions),” she said.
The suspect has already undergone an inquest at the Dagupan City Regional Trial Court.
Gumapos is currently under the custody of NBI-DADO to face charges that will be filed before the court. (PNA)