Friday, July 13, 2007

Woman files estafa complaint against friend

by Acor Arceo

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A woman filed a complaint against a friend and the latter’s mother on Wednesday, saying that they had yet to pay her for almost P1 million worth of jewelry.

The complainant, 31-year-old Eireen de Leon-Dimailig, filed a complaint against Christine Santos, 29, and Santos’ mother, Cynthia Conroy, at the Loyola Heights Barangay Hall. The two allegedly owe her P982,000.

In a phone interview, De-Leon Dimailig said that her dealings with Santos started in 2003. Santos, De Leon-Dimailig’s former high school classmate, took jewelry items for her and her mother to resell.

“Our dealings were okay then. Some of the items were even made-to-order,” De-Leon-Dimailig said in Filipino. “They had balances to pay then, but only few.”

In 2006, she asked the suspects to settle their account, which had already reached P839,000. However, the three checks that the suspects issued from November to December 2006 bounced.

De Leon-Dimailig said that she repeatedly asked the suspects to pay, offering them installment terms of P50,000 monthly. She was forced to go to the authorities when the two missed payments for June and July.

“I was very lenient because she’s my friend, [but] what will I do? I also paid that amount to the supplier,” she said. “It was the supplier who told me to file a case already. I just need to get my cash back.”

Barangay Security and Development Office Desk Officer Rodolfo de Guzman said that the suspects have been issued a subpoena.

The barangay hearing is set for today, 7:30 pm. De Leon-Dimailig said that she will file charges against Santos and Conroy in court if the case will not be resolved.

The two may be charged with estafa and violation of the bouncing check law. If convicted, they face up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines.

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