Police Nabs Big Time Swindler in Manila

The Quezon City police has launched a manhunt against a Filipino-Chinese who allegedly swindled an appliance company of 92 units of room airconditioners worth P 2.9 million.

Chief Superintendent Elmo San Diego, Quezon City police chief, identified the suspect as a certain Bryan Cheng, whose given address of 2554 Alejo Street, Vito Cruz, Malate, Manila was proven to be fictitious.

San Diego said that Eric Yu, vice president of Hitachi Airconditioning Products Phil. Inc., sought police assistance on March 17, 2010 about the case initially lodged on Feb. 27, 2010 by Jerry Lasala and Jeno Jeresano, representing the airconditioning firm.

Cheng had issued a check in payment for the 92 airconditioning units, which the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Vito Cruz branch in Malate, Manila, certified as drawn against a closed account.

Quezon City Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) head Supt. Lino Banaag said that 22 units were traced to the Care Thrift House on K-3rd Street, Kamuning, Quezon City, owned by spouses Felipe and Maria Romero.

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