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4 CSC employees face charges

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has recommended the filing of charges against four employees of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for allegedly selling answers to the computer-assisted test (CAT).

However, CSC chairwoman Karina Cons—tantino-David said three of the four erring employees have fled the country.

The four were identified as media productions specialist Antonio Agustin Jr., personnel specialist Elizabeth Tolosa and clerks Edmar Alfaro and Ferdinand Aganda.

The four allegedly adopted innovative schemes such as pencils with carved symbols representing answers to the multiple-choice CAT: slash, circle, triangle, square or pentagon if the correct answer is item 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, respectively.

The group also used colors in special wristwatches to denote the right answers: red, blue, yellow, green and gray for items 1 to 5, respectively.

Elfren Meneses Jr., the NBI’s Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division chief, said the group charged different amounts based on the examinee’s age and the government agency to which he belonged.

For instance, an examinee aged 20 to 29 is charged P20,000 to P25,000, while someone nearing the retirement age had to pay P60,000 to P75,000.

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