Wanted swindler arrested in Parañaque

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2012 12:08 AM | Updated as of May 24 2012 08:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A suspect wanted for swindling has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation-Reaction Arrest and Interdiction Division (NBI-RAID) in Parañaque City, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Anchit Lim Santiago, was arrested in her mother’s home in Zobel St., Parañaque.

Police are tracking down Santiago’s husband, who they believe is the suspect’s accomplice.

Santiago allegedly scammed actress Helen Gamboa and celebrity stylist Eric Pebenito about 8 years ago.

Authorities alleged that the suspect was able to cart away P7 million from Pebenito and P8 million from Gamboa.

They said Santiago acts as a middleman and pawns off her clients’ jewelry.

Pebenito said Santiago was friendly at first but suddenly disappeared after gaining his trust.

The suspect will be presented by the NBI Thursday morning. -- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM