AMERICAN ILLEGAL RECRUITER ARRESTED IN CEBU

Cebu City, March 26, 2003 (Star) --  A 42-year-old American was nabbed for
alleged illegal recruitment by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Group (CIDG) in an entrapment Sunday night.

Randal Wayne Niblett, alias Randy Torny, allegedly made off with thousands
of pesos from Filipino applicants who paid as high as P62,890 each as
premium processing fee for supposed jobs in San Francisco, California.

Niblett reportedly started recruiting last August, telling applicants they
would be working under Studio Schock Marketing as soon as they reached San
Francisco. Since the recruitment started, more than 30 people had been
enticed to apply.

Sometime last September, Niblett reportedly conducted an orientation here
on the jobs supposedly awaiting the applicants in San Francisco.

Last Jan. 24, Niblett reportedly collected the fees from the applicants,
although only two were able to pay the full amount. In return, Niblett
allegedly promised to give the applicants their plane tickets but none of
them have received the tickets to this day.

At least seven applicants sought the assistance of the regional office of
the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency last March 19, but the agency
referred them to the CIDG.

After confirming that Niblett's operations were illegal, the CIDG set up
the entrapment. Last Sunday, two of the applicants brought "boodle money"
to Niblett at a fastfood outlet at Fuente Osmeņa.

CIDG legal officer Enrique Lacerna said it will be difficult to determine
how much money Niblett actually collected from his victims because not all
of Niblett's applicants have been questioned by interrogators.

Charges of illegal recruitment and estafa have been filed against Niblett
and two of his alleged conspirators, identified as Ricky Ceniza and Gia
Sevilla, both of whom are still at large.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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