NBI nabs Bukidnon swindling suspect


The SUSPECT, identified as Bae Marilyn Delima. BukidnonNews.Net photo

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/January 24) The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region 10 arrested a woman accused of swindling operations in three towns and a city in Bukidnon.

Atty. Sally Hans Barbaso, NBI 10 Regional Director presented the accused Bae Marilyn Delima in a press briefing at the Bukidnon NBI Satellite Office in Malaybalay City on January 23.

Barbaso said they have arrested Delima at Laguindingan Airport on Sunday upon receiving a tip of her arrival in the airport.

Delima identified to be a resident of Quezon City is the chairperson of 4iCD Maharlika Neighborhood Association and Multi-Purpose Cooperative based in Valencia City.

Aside from Valencia City as its center of operation, Delima’s group has also operated in the towns of San Fernando, Maramag and Kitaotao.

Delima said she comes from Apo Macote, Malaybalay City but they moved to Iloilo then to Quezon City.

Barbaso said Delima’s group has enticed many investors in their modus operandi in house and lot project in Maramag town.

He said the group’s was able to accumulate millions of pesos reportedly since 2014.

Barbaso disclosed that they arrested Delima by virtue of the warrant of arrest issued by a judge of municipal and city court in Valencia City upon the complaint filed by one investor identified as Evelyn Custodio, the group’s treasurer.

The NBI regional chief said in the coming days it is expected that more estafa complaints will be filed against Delima. He told reporters so far there are eight complaints before the NBI.

Delima promised to refund clients and blamed the landowner for backing out of the deal. But a relative of the landowner told reporters she back out because she was not paid, as well. Delima was prompter  to issue the statement after Priscilla Lagaac, mother of one of the victims told reporters how the cooperative lured them. Delima said the investors can file their claim for the refund.

Lagaac said her daughter, an OFW, paid P30,000 cash for the house and lot project of Delima.

Lagaac said more than 30 investors have paid in advance to Delima’s group with more than 10 have already paid P30,000 each.

Barbaso said the group of Delima had collected P50 for registration fee, P2,280 for cooperative membership fee, P20,000 for cooperative paid up capital, P5,000 for notarial fee and P5,000 as lot membership fee.

Her group also offered P3,708.35 as monthly payment for the house and lot in the first 24 months and P3,611.11 as monthly payment for the next 28 years.

Delima said the lot owner in Maramag housing project backed out and the project was stopped causing a stir among investors.

She also claimed that her group has been registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).

But Barbaso said per their verification CDA- Cagayan de Oro and HLURB denied they were registered.

Delima claimed that her group is registered in Bulacan province but Barbaso said they will also check it. (Mel B. Madera)