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Suspected swindler Juvy Zamora was nabbed by operatives of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on November 14, 2018.

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‘Notorious swindler’ nabbed for OFW airport theft

 

MANILA – A “notorious swindler” who stole cash and valuables worth P300,000 from an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) at the airport has been arrested.

The suspect, Juvy Zamora, was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). She was first arrested for the same offence in 2012.

Airport police Senior Inspector Nemencio Bawalan told the Philippine News Agency on Thursday that the incident happened last November 12 at Terminal 3.

Zamora reportedly befriended the victim, Gemali Martin, at the airport where she was waiting for her connecting flight to Tuguegarao.

The suspect had reportedly told Martin that she was also a newly arrived OFW from Singapore.

Investigators said that Zamora was able to talk Martin into withdrawing cash from an ATM by telling her that there would be no bank transactions the next day due to a holiday.

Martin withdrew P270,000 from her bank account before they ate at one of the restaurants in Terminal 3. The duo later went inside a restroom where Martin handed the suspect her bag while she went inside the cubicle.

When Martin got out of the cubicle, Zamora had already fled with her bag that also contained 10,000 Hong Kong dollars, four mobile phones, jewellery, passport and other documents.

Police launched an investigation that led to Zamora’s arrest on Wednesday night at her hometown in Bulacan.

Airport Police Department chief Romeo Labador said operatives recovered Martin’s documents and P65,000.

Zamora has been charged of theft and resisting arrest and is currently in police detention. ICA/Expat Media

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