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2 cops, 52 others in hot water over fund scam

Charges were filed against two policemen and 52 other civilians for their illegal involvement in encashing checks intended for loan application of employees of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Chief Supt. Victor Deona, director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) disclosed that the group led by Police Officers 3 Jovelyn Agustin and Orlando Belen were said to have siphoned off some R7.63 million through illegal encashment.

Deona said the CIDG investigation on the PNP Provident Fund scam started last year when an attempt to encash a check by a fake loan applicant was discovered May of last year.

At the course of the probe, the names of Agustin and Belen, who happened to be live-in partners cropped up along with a civilian cohort identified as Mervelyn Taguilaso. (Aaron Recuenco)