A couple who were caught selling fake license plates and documents supposedly issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) were arrested by Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday.
Jasel Fernandez Alcantara, 32, and Christina Demenson, 22, were allegedly selling the counterfeit plates for P2,000 each.
The LTO earlier alerted the authorities to the couple’s illegal activity; prompting them to conduct a test buy on June 22, Chief Insp. Freud Vila of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) said.
Villa said the fake plates could be mistaken for genuine plates if seen from afar, but upon closer scrutiny, lacks tiny “LTO” markings that are incorporated in the characters.
An undercover agent was able to buy a license plate — WEH 915.
The suspects were arrested during a raid Wednesday at around 8:30 in the morning at their residence at Dove Street, Sitio Veterans, Barangay Bagong Silangan, QC.
The operatives recovered three motorcycle plates, 26 motor vehicle plates, a Honda Wave motorcycle without a plate, a Volkswagen car with license plate NFR 262, 25 pieces of metal sheets, a manual pressing machine, and several transaction receipts.
There was even a plate #1 which is only issued to the president of the Philippines. There were also plates that have ‘PNP’ (Philippine National Police).
Also found was a logbook that possibly holds the records of the couple’s business transactions.
They reportedly ran a printing business which they used as a front for the illegal manufacture of the plates. However, even their printing business is ‘fake’ as it was not registered, said Barangay officials.
The couple is reportedly husband and wife. [A little icebreaker: Is their marriage fake too?]
The two are to face charges and it is still being investigated who their accomplices are.
Meanwhile, here’s a TV report from Balitanghali: