Sixteen victims filed large scale illegal recruitment charges yesterday before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office against a call center agent who, they claimed, took their money and duped them.
Out of 41 complainants, not 60 as reported earlier, only 16 filed the charges against Charles Josef Nillas of Iligan City and a temporary resident of Brgy. Banago, Bacolod, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief, Supt. Julius Ongkiko said.
Ongkiko said other complainants failed to file charges against Nillas as they were working. He said they could no longer locate the whereabouts of Nillas, who had resigned from his work effective February 15.
CIDG-Bacolod is also verifying information they received that the suspect could just be using a fictitious name, Ongkiko told the DAILY STAR.
He added that they are coordinating with other police units in the cities of Caloocan and Davao, where Nillas had to stayed before transferring to Bacolod, as he may also have victims there.
The complainants who sought the help of CIDG-Bacolod claimed that Nillas asked them to pay P20,000 each as security and cash bond and set their orientation at his boarding house in Bacolod through a teleconference call on Monday with their supposed employer, before their departure the following day.
However, the complainants said Nillas did not show up at his boardinghouse in Brgy. Banago, where the supposed teleconference call was to be conducted.
Nillas reportedly lured them to apply for jobs in a resort in Dubai, where his sister is allegedly working.*APN