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Pinay DH arrested at Consulate for alleged job scam

29 March 2019

Consul Paulo Saret

Police arrested a 40-year-old Filipina in the lift lobby of the Consulate offices at United Centre in Admiralty on Mar 24, for allegedly obtaining money by deception from a fellow Filipina domestic worker in what appears to be illegal recruitment.

The arrest was witnessed by several people, as it happened during office hours on a Sunday, when many Filipino migrant workers queue up for services at the Consulate.

 “The woman was suspected to have deceived a 37-year-old foreign woman by claiming to arrange a job for her in an overseas country. The victim had paid around HK$27,900 in total as application fee,” a police spokesman said in response to query.

Police do not normally provide names of the accused or the complainant in cases reported to them.

The spokesman said the arrested woman was released on bail and was required to report back in mid-April to the Central Police District for further enquiries.


Asked for further details, Consul Paulo Saret of the assistance to national section said the alleged victim had filed a complaint against the recruiter for allegedly offering to get her a job overseas.

After some time and no job came, the alleged victim asked for her money back but the suspect was not willing to do so.

“We invited them here to try and settle their dispute pero nagmatigas pa si Ate at siya pa ang matapang,” said Saret. “The two women left and shortly later we learned that the recruiter was arrested by police,” he said.

Saret said it turned out that before going to the meeting at ATN, the alleged victim went to the police to report the alleged scam.

The duped worker had told ATN that the police had advised her to call them if the alleged scammer did not return her money.

Some of those who witnessed the arrest of the alleged scammer said the complainant had told them that there were at least two other victims, and that they were all promised jobs in Canada. – Vir B. Lumicao


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