A Jamaican was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by Philippine National Police for allegedly attempting to swindle a Filipina. The two met in an online dating site and said that were able to have feelings for each other with their daily conversations online.
The report was aired via GMA News in Balitanghali on Thursday when a Filipina named Gemina Ysita called for the assistance of authorities, where Caloocan policemen immediately responded to catch the Jamaican and his accomplice.
The Jamaican uses John Peters Oddvar as his name in chatting with Ysita but later on discovered that his real name is Alvin Williams. According to Ysita, she has been chatting with Oddvar for months already.
Ysita said that Oddvar introduced himself to be engaged in the business of buying and selling of buildings in the United States and that he wanted to come over to the Philippines to settle down and live with her. With the intention of settling down, Oddvar planned his arrival in the Philippines and asked her to fetch him in the airport.
When the expected date of Oddvar’s arrival came, Ysita was unable to see him there until she received a phone call from a woman who claimed to be an official of the Bureau of Customs informing her that Oddvar has been held at the airport for bringing in a lot of cash which amounts to $950,000 (P47.8M). And in order for Oddvar to be released, the woman asked Ysita to pay P14,500.
“Kailangan daw magbigay ng P14,500 para ma-release. Siyempre, sige. Alam mo namang pabayaan ko dun, P14,000 lang naman di ba. Maliit lang naman ang halaga,” Ysita said.
She added, “Pagdating ko doon sabi ko pwede ko ba siya makita. Hindi raw pwede,”
After handing the money to the woman who identified herself as a Custom’s official, the woman again asked for an additional P 29,000 and another P 45,000 which prompted her to feel suspicion as the woman was already asking for so much money from her. That’s when she opted to call the police about the incident.
“Naghihinala na ako na scam na talaga siya kaya sabi ko, “Pre, pupunta dito ang gusto ko mahuli para maimbestigahan. Kasi sabi ko kung magbibigay ako ng pera, mawala na naman siya,” Ysita shared.
It was then that the entrapment operation has been set the following day which took place in Sangandaan Caloocan.
The investigation was conducted in Caloocan police station where Williams arrived with three other companions. Unfortunately, his companions were able to flee.
Police Superintendent Chito Bersaluna said, “Dumating nga, together with three others. Pero ang mukha…siya daw ang lawyer. Pero sa tingin natin siya na rin yun. Unfortunately ang kasamahan niya nakatakas.”
According to the police, they were able to recover various currencies from the Jamaican, along with almost 100 grams of shabu which was estimated to have a value of about half a million pesos.
“I don’t know why I’m arrested. They just brought me here because a lady has a case against me. I don’t know her business. I just came to collect something from her. Somebody directed me to her to come and meet her,” Williams said still trying to cover himself from his intention in swindling Ysita.
The Jamaican will be charged cases of extortion and violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
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