Facebook modus: Woman nabbed for using name of Marcos Jr associate for extortion

By Nancy Carvajal

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a 31-year-old woman for allegedly using the name of presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos’ chief of staff, abogado Vic Rodriguez, to solicit money.

The suspect was identified as Casielyn Cardenas. An alias “Kiko” and a John Doe were also named in the NBI’s transmittal report for inquest proceedings.

Cardenas has been charged with estafa and identity theft.

The NBI started its search for Cardenas following the complaint filed by Rodriguez and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chief Arsenio Evangelista.

Cardenas allegedly posed as Rodriguez in online messages to solicit money from Marcos supporters, purportedly for the victims of Typhoon Agaton in Leyte.

She reportedly asked for P120,000 from Evangelista to ship sacks of rice to Leyte, a bailiwick of the Marcoses.

Rodriguez told the NBI that Cardenas was also using his name on Facebook to solicit campaign funds, which allegedly went straight to her bank accounts.

The NBI tracked Cardenas down through a friend who helped investigators.

Her gadgets will be subjected to a digital forensic examination to determine the extent of her modus operandi and find out if there are other personalities involved in her activities.

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