CIDG arrested a Liberian national for estafa

CIDG Anti Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit arrested Liberian national Junior Kwiagaye (a.k.a Clayton Eaton Stafford) who duped a 50-yr-old public school teacher in Tuguegarao, Cagayan to give him around Php1,000,000.00 in an “online love scam” modus.(maan macapagal)

He will be charged with the following:
1. Violation of Art.315 Estafa/Swindling par.2(a) of the RPC;
2. Art.178 Using Fictitious Name of the RPC; and
3. PD 1829 Obstruction of Justice.

The elements of Estafa under the penal provision which Junior Kwiagaye is charged are:
1. The accused defrauded another by means of deceit; and
2. Damage or prejudice capable of pecuniary estimation is caused to the offended party.

The elements of using Fictitious Name as an offense are:
1. Offender uses a name other than his real name;
2. He uses the fictitious name publicly;
3. Purpose of use is to conceal a crime, to evade the execution of a judgment or to cause damage to public interest.

P.D. 1829 penalizes the act of any person who knowingly or willfully obstructs, impedes, frustrates or delays the apprehension of suspects and the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.

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