Case ‘fixer, impostor’ collared

A man who allegedly misrepresented himself as the deputy clerk of court and chief technology officer of the Supreme Court has been arrested in an entrapment operation by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Arrested and facing charges at the Parañaque City Prosecutor’s Office was Mark Jasper Reyes. Among the complaints filed against him were estafa, identity theft, computer-related forgery, usurpation of authority, and violation of the Anti-Alias Law.

Reyes was accused of misrepresenting Atty. Jed Sherwin Uy of the High Court. Also filing a complaint against Reyes, aside from Uy, was a woman with whom he had a dealing on Facebook for a case under appeal.

The suspect allegedly offered to fix a case for the woman in exchange for P450,000. She went to the NBI to complain and the entrapment operation was set into motion.

Uy personally appeared before the NBI to execute an affidavit denying any involvement. The SC officer said the suspect had also impersonated him in victimizing a lawyer-doctor and local government officials in Palawan, and Lamitan, Basilan.

“We are grateful to the NBI for their swift action which led to the arrest of the alleged impostor,” SC spokesperson Atty. Brian Hosaka said in a statement.

“The Supreme Court treats all allegations of malfeasance seriously and will cause an immediate investigation of any purported illegal activities in the judiciary,” Hosaka added.

Meanwhile, Manila policemen under P/Col. Rosalino Ibay Jr. nabbed the suspected rapist of a grade 12 student. Arrested was Ibarra Illescas, 45, a resident of Tondo, Manila.

The student, accompanied by her mother, filed a complaint of rape against the suspect on Monday.

Also collared by Manila policemen was a 17-year-old suspect in an attempted homicide case. With Pat Santos

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