Consulate on lookout for Pinay con artist

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 31 2013 11:01 AM | Updated as of Aug 31 2013 11:42 PM

NEW YORK - The Philippine Consulate General in New York is warning kababayans to be cautious in dealing with 55-year-old Merlyn Gacayan, a former resident of Queens Village who disappeared after non-payment of rent since she moved in that apartment in 2012.

The consulate has received a number of complaints against Gacayan, ranging from Ponzi schemes to swindling people.

Gacayan turned out to be a convicted swindler in her native Cebu for estafa and illegal recruitment in 2010. Criminal charges were also filed against her in 2012 before Cebu’s regional trial court.

Gacayan is now on the consulate’s look out list and is asking for the public to help track her down.

The consulate is also taking written statements from alleged victims, so they can coordinate their cases with police.

The Philippine Consulate in New York can be reached at 212-764-1330 or [email protected]