Re­cruiter charged with estafa for ‘pock­et­ing’ OFW’s air­fare to Cebu

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS -

A re­cruit­ment agency of­fi­cer is fac­ing a crim­i­nal case in court for al­legedly pock­et­ing the money in­tended for the fare of an over­seas Filipino worker who wanted to re­turn home.

Pros­e­cu­tor Noel Cel­lona found ev­i­dence to charge Flor Pagsiat with estafa be­fore the Re­gional Trial Court in Cebu City.

“De­spite the agree­ment, the re­spon­dent failed to re­turn the money. From the fore­go­ing ev­i­dence ad­duced, the un­der­signed found suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to hold the re­spon­dent li­able for the crime of estafa,” read Cel­lona’s res­o­lu­tion.

The case stemmed from the com­plaint filed by Su­san Cuizon, 51, of Barangay Luz, Cebu City, who ac­cused Pagsiat of estafa be­fore the City Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice. Cuizon said she gave P39,000 to Pagsiat, man­ager of Al-Khaleej In­ter­na­tional Ser­vices Inc., for the plane fare of her daugh­ter, who worked as a do­mes­tic helper in Jed­dah, King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia. Cuizon said her daugh­ter wanted to go home so she gave the money to Pagsiat, who as­sured the for­mer that she would de­posit the money to her daugh­ter’s bank ac­count.

How­ever, Cuizon said that her daugh­ter did not re­ceive the money. In Jan­uary 2017, Cuizon said, she con­fronted Pagsiat, who promised to re­turn the money on a stag­gered ba­sis.

Pagsiat paid P10,000, leav­ing a bal­ance of P29,000. De­spite re­peated de­mands, the ac­cused failed to set­tle her obli­ga­tions to Cuizon.

Cuizon said the ac­cused mis­ap­pro­pri­ated the money in­tended for her daugh­ter’s plane fare back to the Philip­pines.

Pagsiat failed to sub­mit her counter-af­fi­davit, prompt­ing the pros­e­cu­tor to re­solve the com­plaint based on the ev­i­dence pre­sented by the com­plainant. /

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