MANILA, May 11 — Operatives of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) have arrested a suspect involved in credit card fraud.
The suspect was identified as Stephen Francid Lucena, a resident of Tomas Mapua Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.
PNP-ACG spokesman Supt. Jay Guillermo, in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday, said that Lucena utilized the credit card owned by a certain Crispin Rumbawa in purchasing an expensive cellphone in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City on Wednesday (May 10) at 5 p.m.
Lucena’s accomplice was able to escape, who was identified as Nathanlia Tripon alias “Liah”, to whom he passed the cellphone they earlier purchased.
In the record of the bank, Lucena already made several purchases worth Php 3000,000 using the stolen credit card.
The suspect will be charged with violation of Republic Act No. 10175, or the “Anti-Cybercrime Prevention Act”.
On the other hand, Lucena claimed that he just “picked up” the credit card in Tondo, Manila and attempted to use it because he is jobless.
However, the suspect was even able to secure an identification card (ID) of a popular telephone company using the name inscribed in the credit card to make it appear that he is the owner of the credit card. (PTR/PNA).
Source: Philippines News Agency