PMajor Edward Samonte, chief of SMaRT, said the suspect was initially identified as Arlyn Larueano, although upon verification, it turned out that her real name was Melody Laureano.
Her arrest stemmed from a complaint lodged by a male businessman before SMaRT, alleging that the suspect approached him and introduced himself as a facilitator of documents in city hall.
After the suspect took P20,000 from the victim purportedly for the faster processing of his papers, no documents were handed over.
The victim’s doubt was bolstered when the suspect demanded an additional P20,000 supposedly to fix the violations of his business.
This was questioned by the victim who said he could not have had any violation since his business was just starting.
An entrapment operation was laid out by the police and the suspect was arrested inside an office in City Hall while counting money. Seized from Laureano were six IDs with different names but the same picture.
The suspect denied the allegation and insisted that his transactions are all legal.
Samonte expressed belief that the suspect may have had an accomplice who helps him get receipts bearing the same control number but different details.
An estafa case was filed against the suspect before the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office.