Phony VECO employee arrested
Mylen P. Manto (The Freeman) - July 13, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — For allegedly posing as an employee of the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) and collecting money from its consumers, a 28-year-old man was arrested in an entrapment operation yesterday morning.

Raymond Samson, a resident of Jugan, Consolacion, allegedly went to the houses of prospective victims and tell them he is from the power company. He explains to them that their meter needs to be transferred and that the move requires a fee.

To complete the ruse he even wears a uniform.

Gloria Arriola, 68, a resident of Sitio Tugasan, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, said she was asked for P5,000 but was only able to pay P4,000. She was able to convince the suspect to come back for the remaining balance yesterday.

However, when Arriola’s family noticed that something was wrong, they called up VECO and inquired if they had an employee named Samson who was assigned to go around collecting fees.

After they were able to verify that the suspect was a phony, they sought the assistance of the police. It was from the police that they learned that there were other victims of Samson’s alleged modus.

As previously agreed, Samson and Arriola met around 8 a.m. yesterday in Sitio Guadalajara, but policemen were waiting to arrest Samson.

Samson allegedly started fooling people with this modus last year. — BRP (FREEMAN)

VISAYAN ELECTRIC COMPANY
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