• Lawmen launch dragnet for Baguio land syndicate

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    BAGUIO CITY: The National Bureau of Investigation-Cordillera Administrative Region (NBI-CAR) is closing in on “big fishes” behind a fake land title syndicate operating here and throughout Northern Luzon.

    The ring involves top ranking officials, said NBI-CAR Special Investigator Gerard Butale who led an NBI team that recently caught a “small fry” who with other cohorts were able to convince a buyer to shell out less than a million pesos for land whose title the ring forged.

    The ring members have connived with some government officials at the Register Of Deeds in their operations, Butale said after snaring Chainelyn Dacasin on June 17 inside the office of city Councilor Fred Bagbagen.

    Dacasin, who was later on found to be Wanda de Guzman, sought Bagbagen’s office for notarization of mortgage documents. The title shown by de Guzman and her group to the supposed buyers was, however, found to be counterfeit after a counter-check at the Register of Deeds-Baguio.

    Alarmed, Councilor Bagbagen alerted the NBI-Cordillera who immediately entrapped de Guzman who was then signing the “Deed of Real Estate Mortgage” that would have fleeced the buyer P744,000.

    The buyer recovered his money after Jenny Mondares, one of the ring members, returned P568,000, while other ring members, said lawyer Rogelio Mamauag, NBI-CAR regional director, promised to return their commissions from the mortgage of the fake land title.

    Although they returned the money, Mamauag added, estafa through falsification of public documents, using fictitious names and concealing true names, perjury, and others will be filed against all the ring members.

    Butale said they are digging for bigger names into the fake land title syndicate.

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