MANILA – A woman was charged with syndicated estafa after she pawned her house to 27 people and got over P2 million.
Victims of the woman, identified as Francia Navalta, filed complaints at Station 1 of the Manila Police District in Tondo, Manila.
The house at Juan Nolasco corner Aguila Street had an estimated value of P100,000 to P250,000, authorities said.
"Sa loob ng isang araw, dalawang tao pinagsasanlaan niya. Katulad ko, sinanla sa akin. Noong umaga sinanla na sa kasama namin ng P100,000. Pagdating ng tanghali sinanla din niya sa akin ng P100,000," victim Analyn Elizan alleged.
(In one day, she would pawn the house to two people, like what she did with me. She first pawned the house to an acquaintance for P100,000. In the afternoon she pawned the house to me for another P100,000.)
According to Navalta, she pawned her house to be able to care for her husband, who suffered a stroke, and her sibling, who was also ill.
She also claimed that she was, in turn, the victim of an unprincipled real estate agent.
"Sa P200,000, kukuha sila ng P50,000, kaya kung kani-kanino ko pinagsasanla ang bahay ko," she said.
(They would take P50,000 out of every P200,000, so I pawned my house to several people to make up for the amount.)
Senior Police Officer 3 Arnel Tobias, Station 1 chief investigator, said that to avoid becoming victims of fraud, those interested in acquiring land should first thoroughly examine all necessary documents, and check with the registry of deeds.