73 arrested for health card fraud

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POLICE have in custody 69 Filipinos, three Americans and an Indian allegedly involved in health card fraud.

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Senior Supt. Gilbert Sosa, head of the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), said the suspects were arrested in a police raid on Tuesday at the Pantheon Concepts HLK Company located at Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

Seized from them were computer servers, telephones, computers, routers, laptops, VOIP hones, printers, LCD monitors and several documents.

Sosa identified the foreigners as Americans Herber Kimble, Sergio Cevile and Wasil Ahmedand Sham Negi, an Indian.

He said former employees of the company who filed illegal dismissal charges before the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) approached him and revealed the illegal operation of their former employers.

“After confirming the firm’s illegal operation based on our own research, we decided to apply for a search warrant and effected the raid in their office,” Sosa said.

It was gathered by the ACG that the United States (US) Insp. Gen., Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, issued a consumer alert to persons with diabetes against telemarketing companies using health card verification.

It was learned that the telemarketers pretend themselves as US government employees, a diabetes association or from Medicare, and call prospective clients and offer them “free” diabetic supplies, such as glucose meters, medicines and other medical items.

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