In Manila Two Liberians Arrested Over ‘Dollar Making’ Scam

Abraham Victor alias “George” and Harry Shoum Teenessee being introduced to reporters during a news conference in Manila

Government operatives in the Philippines capital city, Manila have arrested two Liberian nationals for allegedly swindling an individual to purchase chemicals that will convert a special paper money into US dollars.

According to a dispatch via GMA News online fromn Manila quoting a statement on Friday said, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the operatives of its Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) arrested Abraham Victor alias “George” and Harry Shoum Teenessee in an entrapment operation in Malate, Manila, on Wednesday, for alleged swindling or estafa.

The subjects allegedly swindled an unnamed complainant with $10,000 paid as initial payment, after the complainant was made to believe, through false pretenses, in investing in the purchase of chemicals that would supposedly convert special paper money into genuine US dollars.

NBI Director Dante Gierran said the suspects gave the complainant securely wrapped package with a machine that allegedly combines a special chemical with paper which turns it into US dollars.

However, to the complainant’s surprise, the package did not contain a machine but instead contained nothing more than an improvised vault with worthless green colored paper cut in the size of money bills, Gierran said.

When the suspects asked another $90,000 balance, the complainant reported the matter before the NBI, he added.

With this, the NBI-SAU operatives conducted an entrapment operation resulting in the arrest of the Liberian nationals.

The suspects were presented for inquest proceedings before the Office of the City Prosecutor of Manila. —Ted Cordero/KBK, GMA News

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.