Woman nabbed for house pawn scam

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Rey Galupo

A 54-year-old woman was ar­rested in a sting in Tondo, Manila Mon­day night af­ter at least 10 per­sons com­plained she had duped them of more than P500,000.

Car­mencita Padilla, a res­i­dent of Pi­lapil street, re­port­edly pawned her house to at least 10 per­sons and promised each cred­i­tor that they would get to live there un­til she fin­ishes pay­ing the loan, po­lice said.

She would later refuse to leave her house, Chief In­spec­tor Roza­lino Ibay Jr. of the Manila Po­lice District’s in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tions unit said.

Padilla was ap­pre­hended af­ter re­ceiv­ing P20,000 from one of her al­leged vic­tims dur­ing an en­trap­ment oper­a­tion in a fast­food restau­rant.

The sting was set up af­ter at least four com­plainants went to the po­lice, say­ing Padilla gypped them of nearly P500,000.

Ibay said it turned out that Padilla had more than 10 com­plaints against her in the barangay.

Padilla was charged with large-scale estafa and may face charges of fal­si­fi­ca­tion of pub­lic doc­u­ments if it is proven that she used fake land ti­tles in her transactions, Ibay said.

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