Artist nabbed for selling fake travel passes in SJ

August 22, 2020

SAN Juan Police nabbed a graphic artist for allegedly selling fake health certificates and travel passes.

A report gathered from the Eastern Police District (EPD) identified the arrested suspect as Angelito Benipayo, 42. He was apprehended inside the  Burn and Jhoy Cellphone and Mobile Service  at the Greenhills Shopping Center at around 4:30 p.m.

The operation stemmed after a concerned citizen sought the help of police to verify the “authenticity” of his wife’s health certificate and travel pass purchased from the said cellphone service shop.

The San Juan City Health Office said the certification issued to the complainant  was fake and that the signature of the city health officer on the document had been scanned and forged.

Police immediately conducted an operation after the complainant contacted the suspect to purchase another health certificate and travel pass at a price of P700.

The suspect and the victim agreed to meet at the shop but unknown to the former the police had already formed an entrapment operation against him.

“Suspect immediately edited and scanned the health certificate and travel pass from his laptop and printed it,” the report read.

After receiving the P1,000 marked money, Benipayo was quickly arrested by police team.

Police also nabbed 32-year-old Laverne Esquivias when he allegedly prevented the cops from arresting Benipayo.

Recovered from the scene were a laptop, printer, and a laminating machine allegedly used by the suspect for  allegedly forging and faking documents.

Charges for forgery and falsification of public documents will be filed against Benipayo, while Esquivias will be charged with obstruction of justice.

Last July 30, authorities also arrested a barangay employee in the city for allegedly issuing fake travel authority documents.

San Juan Police said charges for falsification of public documents were filed against suspect Leonardo Puno, 39, a liaison officer of Barangay West Crame, after he was nabbed for offering travel passes that were later found out to be fake.

However. the suspect claimed  he was not selling the travel authority documents, saying that no money was involved in their transaction. He claimed that he was just helping those applying for a travel authority.

The suspect revealed that he obtained the falsified document on Recto Avenue in Manila from a certain ‘Buboy’ who is responsible for manufacturing  and photocopying of falsified documents.