By Gillian M. Cortez
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported on Monday, Aug. 20, the arrest of a woman who fled to the Middle East in order to escape theft charges.
“The law caught up with our subject, Regina Boneza Senson. Regina Boneza Senson was charged for Qualified Theft (and) for falsification of public documents. Before the court issued a warrant, she escaped to Middle East, specifically the United Arab Emirates,” said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand M. Lavin in a press conference on Monday.
“She committed these crimes between 2014 and 2015. The warrant was issued in 2015,” Mr. Lavin added.
NBI’s International Operations Division(IOD) asked the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC) to issue a Red Notice to Ms. Senson. NBI-IOD contacted authorities from the Middle East to request for assistance for Ms. Senson’s deportation after the NBI-IOD obtained a Red Notice.
“Surprisingly, NBI-IOD received a message from Interpol Abu Dhabi – UAE thru [sic] the PCTC concerning the deportation and turning over of custody of Subject Senson that led to the arrest of the Subject on August 18, 2018,” NBI said in a statement on Monday.
Qualified theft is considered a non-bailable crime in which the penalty slapped to those those found guilty is reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment.