Ochoa warns public against individuals posing as Executive Secretary to solicit financial aid for gov't projects

May 24, 2012 9:49 pm 

MANILA, May 24 — The Office of the Executive Secretary on Thursday warned the public against those individuals posing as Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to solicit financial aid for government projects.

Executive Secretary Ochoa issued the warning after his office received several reports of individuals impersonating him and asking for favors or soliciting funds.

“During the past few months, my office has been receiving reports of individuals impersonating me to solicit financial aid for government projects or to offer assistance to fast-track government procedures in exchange for financial remuneration,” Ochoa said in a statement.

“The impersonators call or text their intended victims, who are directed to deposit the requested amounts in a personal bank account,” he said.

According to Ochoa, other government officials have also been impersonated with the same modus operandi.

The Executive Secretary said that his office had already ordered an investigation of the said scams, and that one group had already been arrested by the authorities earlier this week.

“In response to these scams, I have directed the proper law enforcement authorities to investigate, capture, and charge those behind these crimes. Several cases are now being investigated, with one group having been arrested by a joint NBI-PNP-CIDG team earlier this week,” he said.

Ochoa noted that the individuals who were arrested belong to a text scam syndicate and are now in the custody of the Philippine National Police. He also advised those who have received such calls to report them to the Office of the President.

“The public is warned against dealing with individuals soliciting funds using my name or that of my office for any reason whatsoever. We are requesting those contacted by these unscrupulous individuals to report such incidents to the Office of the President,” he said.

Executive Secretary Ochoa also warned those involved in the said scams that they will be caught and prosecuted with the full force of law.

“We also warn those engaged in these scams that these criminal activities are not taken lightly, and that those involved will be caught and prosecuted with the full force of the law,” he added. (PNA) scs/PCOO/ssc


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