- Two individuals were arrested by the NBI for allegedly being involved in large-scale illegal recruitment
- The suspects were placed under surveillance before being arrested under the strength of a warrant of arrest
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested two persons who were allegedly involved in large-scale illegal recruitment, who have switched to a new business that encourages fraud among its clients.
On the strength of arrest warrants, Annie Mallada Bermejo and Jonas Molina Rivera were apprehended by NBI’s Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (AOTCD) operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 on Monday.
An alleged illegal recruitment business the duo were involved in in 2015 were investigated by the authorities after receiving information that it recruited seven victims as golf workers in North Carolina and required them to pay P150,000 for the processing of their work visas and job deployment.
But the business, named “Ampersand Training Opportunities Management”, was found out unregistered with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA).
A warrant of arrest against the two were issued on August 14, 2017, following the large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa cases filed against them.
However, the Overseas Criminal Investigation Office learned in February 2018 that the two were operating a new business; the “Golden Lining Skills Development and Consultancy Services, Incorporated.”
The company allegedly processes applications for student internships for “culinary, turf grass management and hospitality services” to the US, and “coaches student applicants to lie in their visa applications and provides them with fraudulent employment letters to be eligible for their internship visa.”
Bermejo and Rivera were placed under surveillance before being arrested.