Authorities arrested a con artist using the name of Philippine National Police deputy director Camilo Cascolan to victimize former police officers who want to be reinstated in the police service.
National Capital Region Police Office director Guillermo Eleazar identified the suspect as Dianne Mae Navarez, 29, jobless and a resident of No. 9411 Alejandro Street, Barangay Vitalez, Parañaque City.
Navares was arrested in an entrapment operation last Wednesday following the complaint filed by Emmanuel Carlos Bugayon.
Bugayon said Navarez told him she could help him facilitate his reinstatement in the police service with the help of his friend Cascolan, adding that she and the PNP chief for directorial staff both belong to the Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Convinced by the promises evident to the pictures being posted by the suspect on Facebook, Bugayon sent money to suspect through various money transfers, reaching the total amount of P80,000.
But the promise did not materialize, prompting Bugayon to ask the help of the NCRPO personnel who set an entrapment operation leading in the arrest of the suspect.
Navares is now detained at the NCRPO detention cell and was charged with robbery extortion and estafa before the Parañaque City Prosecutor’s Office.
Cascolan was barely one and a half months into his post as the Regional Director of the NCRPO when he was replaced by Eleazar on June 1, 2018 to head the PNP Civil Security Group in Camp Crame, which handles the licensing of security agencies.
After three months, he moved up to the No. 4 post in the PNP when he was named as Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff on September 1, 2018.