NBI arrests 5 individuals for selling fake land titles

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, March 25 (PIA) -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Region 2 arrested five individuals for selling alleged fake titles of land parcels in Camalaniugan town. 

NBI-2 Regional Director Gelacio Bongngat presents the suspects involved in the selling fake land titles. (by PIA)

Regional Director Gelacio Bongngat identified the suspects as Billy Ibarra Sistoza, the mastermind of the fraudulent scheme, and his companions Reynaldo Martinez Delelis, Leilanie Torrida Mirafuente, Orlando Penaflor Alariao, and Jun Dela Rosa Tablac. 

Based on the NBI's investigation, Sistoza and Delelis sold a parcel of land located in Santa Ana town under the name "Heriberto Remudaro" to the victim Cyrille Lozada in the amount of P1.5 million. 

"[The] complainant heard that the real owner of the subject properties had long been deceased. She verified from the Register of Deeds that the titles presented to her were already cancelled and new titles have been issued to [their] new owner[s]. This prompted the complainant to seek our assistance," Bongngat narrated. 

On March 20, Sistoza called up the complainant and demanded for the delivery of Php5 million, which the NBI used to conduct an entrapment operation versus him and his companions. 

NBI agents also attested that Sistoza had been arrested in 2018 for using the same modus of selling parcels of land with titles under the name of Heriberto Remudaro in the amount of Php4.5 million. 

Bongngat also said Sistoza was also arrested before for his involvement in the selling fake gold bars in this province and neighboring towns.

"This person is persistent in doing fraudulent activities. That is why we are calling all of the victims of these groups to come out [in] the open and file cases against them, especially this old man, Sistoza," Bongngat said. 

The suspects are now facing a case for the violation of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Presidential Decree 1689 which is also known as Syndicated Estafa. 

Bongngat also said they will further investigate how the group was able to falsify legal documents and will determine other possible cases to be filed against them. 

He further advised the public to be vigilant when buying land parcels by verifying the documents with the proper agencies, and to always be assured of the location and status of the lot being offered. (JCK/OTB/PIA-Cagayan) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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