Woman illegal job recruiter is hunted

LAOAG CITY–Lawmen are tracking down an accused illegal job recruiter who is facing an arrest warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court of Ilocos Norte in connection with estafa charges filed by a registered nurse whom she allegedly swindled with more than P1 million after promising an “imaginary” overseas job in London.

RTC Judge Benjamin Turgano of Branch 15 had issued Alias Warrant of Arrest and Commitment Order against the wanted accused who used aliases “Rachel Perucho”, “Hanani Rachel Perucho Singson”, Lea de los Santos” and “Lea Perucho”.

Court record showed that the complaint against the accused was docketed under Criminal Case No. 15120-15.

The case stemmed from the complaint of a certain nurse, Rose (not her real name) charging the accused of swindling her money amounting to more than P1 million.

When interviewed by reporters, Rose alleged that sometime in July 2010 the accused befriended her and promised to help her land a job in London as military base nurse within six months.

The accused also recruited Rose’s sister promising her an Information Technology (IT) job in London.

In several instances, the accused allegedly demanded money from Rose to purportedly expedite the processing of their employment and travel papers.

Because Rose trusted the accused being a close friend, thus, she gave in to the demand and sent her money several times as evidenced by remittance receipts.

While waiting for the promised jobs during the succeeding months with no positive result, Rose finally realized that the accused is said to be an illegal recruiter, more so when the latter stopped communicating with her.

Rose said “nalinis ti panangaramidna” probably referring to the accused woman’s modus operandi.

She appealed to other fellow victims to come out and join her in prosecuting the accused in order to seek justice and help stop the illegal recruitment activities of the accused.

OWWA family welfare officer Nona Marie Ganal favored the appeal of Rose saying that a large-scale estafa case would be established against the accused if more victims would come out and file individual complaints in court.

A media group personally went to the residential house of the accused somewhere in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte but relatives claimed that they don’t know her whereabouts since she left their town long time ago. (Source: Reports from DA/ABS-CBN TV Patrol Ilocos)