NBI arrested 2 suspects for stealing P6 million donations intended for Yolanda victims

Yolanda fund scam suspects Engineer Desiderio Estinozo and Nestro Lehetemas of DTE Construction and Development Corporation were nabbed in Malate , Manila by NBI Anti-Fraud Division for stealing 100,000 euros (P6,022 ,437) in donations raised by collaborative efforts of two non-governmental organizations (NGO)  - the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA), and Spanish NGO Fundacion InteRed.

This P6 million worth of foreign donations to victims of super typhoon Yoland first made landfall in November 2013 (International codename Haiyan)  2 suspects were identified by Aguirre, and arrested by NBI agents early Monday morning. The Davao City Regional trial court (RTC) issued arrest warrant on estafa charges last February. Estinozo and Lehetamas would be presented to the Davao City RTC to face the charges.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II praised the NBI and said” now we can make the wheels of justice move faster. There is no place in our society for people who take advantage of the sufferings of others. To make money out of a calamity is very deplorable and should not be tolerated. These alleged perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent of our laws.” Aguirre added. The funds collected are allocated for PhilDHRRA’s livelihood recovery and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure projects in selected barangays in the Municipality of Guiuan, Eatern Samar specifically for repair of schools and health centers in 3 barangays. As per the Inquirer, the suspects hacked the email address of the NGO’s and changed the banks involved in the fund transfer arrangements from PhilDHRRA’s bank account to the bank account of the DTE Construction and Development Corporations in Cebu City owned by Estinozo.

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