Russian nabbed in card fraud

Posted on June 27, 2012

BACOLOD CITY -- A Russian national is facing charges of credit card fraud after he used counterfeit cards to purchase expensive cellphones, said the Bacolod City Police Office yesterday.

Detained Oqil Oqilov, 24, is facing charges of violating Republic Act No. 8484 or the Access Devices Regulation Act before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, city police director, said they are looking into the possibility that the Russian national is a member of a fake credit card syndicate operating in the country.

"There might be other business establishments that were victimized by the suspect," he said.

Mr. de la Paz said the suspect used a fake Banco de Oro card when he purchased two mobile phones worth P29,990 each from Po’s Digital along Araneta St. on Thursday. He was arrested on Saturday afternoon when he returned to purchase another cellphone using a fake Metrobank card.

More fake credit cards, including five Citi Visa cards, were found in the suspect’s possession after his arrest. Police also confiscated a fake driver’s license and several identification cards believed to be counterfeit as well.

Aside from Po’s Digital, two other complainants in Bacolod have positively identified Oqilov for also using fake credit cards in their stores.

Mr. de la Paz said the suspect admitted he was aware that he uses fake credit cards.

"There’s deceit and fraud," the police chief said.

The suspect told the police the fake credit cards were sold to him by his two Filipino friends from Antipolo City, in Rizal province. He said he was in Bacolod to visit his girlfriend, who is a resident of Barangay Mandalagan.

A check with the Immigration field office here showed that Oqilov has no arrival records, local alien control officer Mita Chuvy Arguelles said. -- Nanette L. Guadalquiver