Police net suspected notorious swindler

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THE Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) has arrested Ramon Barried Leonor, a suspected notorious con man charged with various criminal offenses.

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The CIDU head, Chief Insp. Rodel Marcelo, said Leonor was captured by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued against him by a Caloocan City (Metro Manila) court for the crime of violation against women and their children (VAWC).

Upon checking, however, it was found out that the detainee is facing similar warrants for other offenses.

“He’s detained for VAWC but we’re still profiling him,” Marcelo said, adding that the charge is a bailable offense.

Leonor was slapped with the VAWC complaint after allegedly beating up his live-in partner in January 2014 when the then-pregnant victim confronted him for loaning the property of the girl’s family without them knowing it. There is another VAWC case filed before a Quezon City Court against the same respondent.

“I started crying and asked him paano na ko and mga kapatid ko [what will happen to my brothers and sisters]and that’s it, he just slapped me and pushed me away and told me to stop or else hindi niya ibabalik [he will not return the property]. Tinakot pa niya ko [He even threatened] that he will tell my siblings para palayasin ako at wala ako choice kung hindi sumunod sa kanya [so they will kick me out. I had no choice but to follow his demand]. I was nearly eight months’ pregnant at the time,” said the victim, who spoke on condition that she not be named for security reasons.

“Things got worst because every time I asked him if he already fixed the problem and redeemed the property, he’d burst out in anger and hurt me again until I experienced preterm labor,” she added.

She narrated that she decided to move out when she felt that she was no longer safe, including her baby.

“Before I left he told me not to do anything that will affect his business and promised me that he will return my land titles by March 2014,” the victim said, adding that she has already filed a case of estafa and is mulling to file qualified theft against Leonor.

Sources said the suspect was able to post bail and left jail on Saturday allegedly through the help of a retired Philippine National Police general with whom he is reportedly associated.

Marcelo, however, did not respond to queries about Leonor being allowed to walk despite the existence of other standing warrants.

Leonor owned One National Realty and One Glad that are involved in property development and Tradefocus, a company engaged in the sale of herbal medicines and coffee.

It turned out, however, that the property business was a scam because it involved questionable lands.

The victim claimed that Leonor offered his services in handling her family’s extra-judicial settlement and the subdivision or their inheritance into six lots and to transfer the same under the names of the heirs.

“In return, we will pay him with one part of the lot… Later on I was convinced and with my siblings’ approval Ramon and I executed a memorandum of agreement so that we can start with our business transaction,” she narrated.

The two became lovers and when she found out she was pregnant, they decided to live together under one roof.

The victim later found out that Leonor was arranging the land transfers until she got information that he l oaned the lot to put up another business without the heirs’ knowledge.

“I was shocked that I asked Ramon but he assured me everything was being taken care of. Until I decided to come home sa Bulacan that was some time in January 2014 and I was surprised to find out at the Registry of Deeds that my property has been loaned,” the victim bewailed.

Besides criminal case Number 900-M-15, the estafa cases against Leonor are docketed as IS Number 14J-9397 and IS Number 15K-12168.

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