Ex-army man, 2 others nabbed for extortion scam

MANILA Three men including a retired serviceman have been charged before the Taguig City Prosecutor's Office for a number of charges arising from an extortion scam they attempted in an online gambling firm pretending to be agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Former Philippine Army captain (ret.) Mark Steven Mediamar, Rustico Samarinta and Antonio Monte de Ramos were presented to newsmen on Monday at the NBI office.

They were arrested in an entrapment operation by the NBI Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) last July 11 in Taguig City.

They are now facing charges of robbery/extortion, illegal possession of explosives, illegal possession of firearms, usurpation of authority and illegal possession of dangerous drugs.

De Ramos had been the personal driver of the victim who reported to the NBI that he received a letter demanding PHP 50 million or his businesses would be raided.

The NBI said the driver recruited his two friends to attempt the extortion.

The NBI declined to name the victim or the identity of the business. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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