A man who allegedly posed as a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) employee to solicit money from police officers with a fake tale of woe was arrested yesterday.
Joseph Pajila Sr. was nabbed by Sampaloc, Manila police last night for allegedly visiting several police precincts in Manila and Quezon City to swindle cops.
To gain the authorities’ sympathy, Pajilla, wearing a DBM shirt, allegedly told his marks that his son had been admitted to the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, and that he needed money for his child’s treatments.
One of the cops he tried to swindle, Corporal Orlando Vasquez of the Lacson, Sampaloc precinct, told news show Unang Balita that Pajila had told officers, “Sir, he needs blood. My child, he’s confined at the San Lazaro Hospital. I need to buy blood for his transfusion, PHP1,250 [about US$25].”
Instead of falling for Pajila’s sob story, however, the cops decided to call the hospital to check if the suspect’s son was really there. When they learned that the boy was not in the hospital, they confronted Pajila, who allegedly confessed to his crime.
The police also learned that prior to going to Sampaloc, Pajila allegedly visited three Quezon City precincts, where he successfully fooled less-cautious cops into coughing up cash, Remate reports. Pajila allegedly explained that he committed the crime because he allegedly needed the money to pay for documents required for his job application to the DBM.
Pajila will be charged with usurpation of authority, illegal use of uniform and insignia, and fraud.
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