NBI agents arrest bogus female lawyer in Quezon

January 08, 2020
Bogus female lawyer
Villanueva questions suspected swindler Victoria de los Reyes shortly after her arrest. Behind him is Special Investigator Raul Tepace who led the entrapment operation. Photo by Gemi Formaran

LUCENA CITY— National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)- Quezon arrested a 42 year-old woman who has been disguising as a lawyer offering to handle annulment cases for fees during an entrapment operation inside a fastfood chain at Grand Central Terminal in Bgy. Ilayang Dupay here yesterday.

NBI-Quezon Chief Dominador Villanueva said his men led by Special Investigator III Raul Tepace held the suspect, Victoria de los Reyes, 42, of Aldebaran St., Zapote, Las Piñas City at 9:30 a.m. while transacting with her latest victim, a female medical practitioner and resident of this city.

Villanueva said De los Reyes, who earlier offered to handle the victim’s annulment case, had demanded an attorney’s fees in the amount of P150,000 in exchange for a court’s favorable decision on the case.

He said the victim was referred to De los Reyes by another female medical practitioner who claimed that her annulment case has been approved by a court through the effort of De los Reyes in exchange for similar amount.

“With the assurance of her friend, the victim made a deal with De los Reyes and started paying her the amount in staggered mode last July 23,”  said Villanueva.

But after completing the full payment of the amount to the suspect last October 9 in exchange for  document bearing a court’s approval of the annulment case, Villanueva said the victim’s husband who has some friends at Lucena City Regional Trial Court Branch 58, where the case was allegedly heard,  had discovered that it was a fake document.

Not married. She also told her that she had already submitted court decisions, certification from Lucena City RTC Branch 58 of the finality of the decision approving the annulment of her marriage to Phil. Statistics Authority (PSA) so she can apply for a CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage).
It was at that point that the suspect was accosted by the NBI agents.
It was learned that the suspect has already been arrested by the police sometime last year over a similar offense.

Villanueva said they are expecting the other victims of the suspect to surrface and file charges against her.