Sep 20, 2020 @ 10:53
NBI operatives nab fake lawyer in Quezon City
Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced over the weekend the arrest of a fake lawyer during an entrapment operation in Quezon City.
NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Eric Distor identified the suspect as Lamberto Q. Payongayong who was collared for usurpation of authority.
In a statement, Distor said that suspect sent several letters to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas addressed to BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno and Atty. Henry De Vera, Manager, Currency Integrity Staff (CIS), Currency Issue and Integrity Office (CIIO), BSP wherein he identified himself as a lawyer.
In his letters, Distor said the suspect claimed that he is a ‘trustee’ of a private individual involving a Trust Account covering $300 Dodecallion that allegedly matured in 2007, and which he sought to be withdrawn with the help of the BSP.
Furthermore, the suspect also claimed that he’s an assignee of a parcel of land covered by original certificate of title allegedly “being used by the BSP to back up the printing of legal tender notes.”
BSP conducted verification and a certification issued by the Office of the Bar Confidant and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) stated that suspect is not a member of the Philippine Bar.
After receiving a formal complaint from BSP, the NBI wasted no time in causing the arrest of the suspect.
Suspect was brought for inquest before the Office of the City Prosecutor, Quezon City for violation of Article 177 (Usurpation of Authority of Official Functions) of the Revised Penal Code.