Philippines NBI Arrests Liberian On ‘419’ Scam, For Duping Man Of Over US$2,648

By Jeffrey Damicog | The Manila Bulletin |

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin (left) presents to the media George Kennedy (right), a Liberian national, who was arrested for duping a man in handing over P134,000 in cash. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a Liberian national who allegedly duped a man in handing over , US$2,648,90 of P134,000 in cash.

NBI Deputy Director Vicente De Guzman III on Tuesday, December 17, identified the arrested suspect as George Kennedy.

De Guzman said Kennedy was arrested by the NBI’s Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) during an entrapment operation last December 12 in Paranaque City.

“The subject was arrested for defrauding the complainant in the amount of P134,000,” he said.

NBI-SAU Chief Emetrio Dongallo recounted that the victim sought the NBI’s help last December 9.

“Immediately we hatched an entrapment operation,” he said.

The complainant said Kennedy introduced himself as a technician specializing in US currency and claimed he will receive a baggage filled with $2 million but is being held at the airport.

Kennedy claimed he needed help to claim the baggage and was able to convince the victim to give P134,000.

The suspect also gave the victim a suitcase containing portions of the money as goodwill.

However, when the victim opened the suitcase, there was no money inside.

Dongallo noted the entrapment was watched when the suspect demanded an additional P20,000 with the promise of bringing in more dollars for the victim.

Following the arrest, Kennedy was brought for inquest at the Paranaque City Prosecutor’s Office for estafa charges.

“We are preparing another case for possessing false currency notes,” Dongallo said.

“We are just waiting for the certificate from the Bangko Sentral that the US dollars are fake,” he added.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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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, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.