MANILA -- Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation-International Airport Investigation Division (NBI-IAID) have arrested a man who led a group of illegal recruiters in swindling victims with promises of employment as fruit pickers and farm workers in South Korea in exchange for placement fees ranging from PHP50,000 to PHP160,000 each.
NBI Director Dante A. Gierran on Monday said suspect June Sajonas Lumbad was arrested at Isetann Mall in C.M. Recto, Manila last January 30.
Lumbad was the subject of several complaints from victims of the JAMT & Jade Skills, an unregistered placement agency where Lumbad was the owner and manager. Other individuals named in the complaint were Rubern Sevilla, Eleny Reynoso, Gloria Espejo and Elizabeth Tupaz.
Complainants said applicants were denied departure by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) multiple times since the documents given them by the firm were fake.
Lumbad was charged with estafa and violation of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995. (PNA)
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