Alleged money transfer agent duped Filipino clients in Italy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 04 2013 05:08 PM | Updated as of Jan 05 2013 01:08 AM

ROME, Italy – A remittance center whose agent allegedly took off with the money of its Filipino clients in Turin washed its hands off the case.



Telegiros Money Transfer denied involvement in the case against  Pio Valenzuela, its alleged agent accused by 22 Filipinos of running off with 100,000 euros in remittance. The firm said Valenzuela is no longer their agent.



“Ang Telegiros di sangkot doon sa problemang nangyari kay Pio na pagnanakaw. Siya, one year nang higit di nagtatrabaho sa Telegiros kaya wala siyang transaction ipinasok sa Telegiros,” said Arnel Lacson, marketing officer of Telegiros Money Transfer.



The remittance center will only be involved in the case if the receipts issued to duped clients were from Telegiros.



“Halos lahat ng nagpapadala dito sa Telegiros talagang dumadating ang kanilang pera. Wala naman nagiging problema, halos lahat dumadating ang pera sa kanilang pamilya,” added Lacson.



Larry Alcazar, a client for about three years, defended the company.



“Dito, talagang garantisado talagang nakakarating ang pera. Maayos na naipapadala ang pera, mabilis. Ipadala namin ngayon, kinabukasan nasa Pilipinas na,” Alcazar said.



No one knows the whereabouts of Valenzuela.



The Philippine Consulate advised the complainants to request for a court order from the Philippines. Report from Jocelyn Ruiz-Roxas, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau