NBI agents nab suspected large scale illegal recruiter in General Santos City

September 11, 2009 11:04 am 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Sept. 11 – Government agents arrested late Thursday afternoon an alleged large scale illegal recruiter here.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the suspect reportedly recruited and collected thousands in placement fees from at least 56 people for supposed high-paying jobs in Japan that turned out nonexistent.

Francis Lamoste, special investigator of the National Bureau of Investigation-Region 12, said Friday that they nabbed suspect Alexandra Beringuel, 34, alias Sandra at her alleged recruitment office in Tupaz Subdivision, Barangay Dadiangas Heights in this city at around 5:00 p.m. Thursday.

He said they conducted the raid based on a complaint for alleged illegal recruitment filed against Beringuel by some of her victims.

In their complaint, Lamoste said the victims claimed Beringuel signed them up and offered them job contracts supposedly coming from a wealthy employer in Japan who wanted to directly hire workers from the area.

He said Beringuel, who is reportedly a resident of Barangay Cannery Site, Polomolok town in South Cotabato, named a certain Kobayashi Kasohiku of Tokyo, Japan as her main link with the supposed Japanese employers.

Lamoste said the contracts indicated that the recruits would be employed in textile and electronics factories in Japan for three years and would be paid an equivalent to P50,000 a month.

Lamoste said the recruits were promised to work in six-hour shifts but may reportedly be allowed to do overtime work.

In exchange for the job placement, he said Beringuel demanded the payment of P10,500 from each of her recruits as processing and placement fees.

He said she offered the recruits an expedited process but they would need to cough up an additional P55,000 that would reportedly be used as payment for their visa fees and airline ticket to Japan.

Since April, Lamoste said the suspect has recruited 27 people for the supposed first batch and another 29 for the second batch.

He said the 56 recruits had paid the P10,500 processing and placement fees to Beringuel or a total of P588,000.

“All these people paid for the placement and processing fees but nothing happened after that. So far, she has not sent any of her recruits to Japan and it seems unlikely that her promised jobs ever existed,” Lamoste said.

Lamoste said they are currently trying to determine whether any of the recruits had paid the additional P55,000 fee to the suspect and if she had other recruits coming from areas outside this city.

He added they are now preparing to file large scale illegal recruitment and estafa charges against the suspect based on the complaints of the 56 victims. (PNA)

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