By Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested 18 Chinese nationals engaged in access device fraud and illegal online gambling operations in Angeles City, Pampanga.
NBI spokesperson Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said the 18 Chinese nationals were arrested last March 18 at the office of the Royal Genghis International Development, Inc. Located at the Savers Mall in Balibago.
The arrests were made by the NBI’s Cybercrime Division which was armed with a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 66 of Capas, Tarlac.
Following their arrests, the suspects were subjected to inquest before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violating the Access Devices Regulation Act and the Illegal Gambling Law, as amended, both in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
NBI operatives seized from the office of the Royal Genghis mobile phones, desktop computers, laptops, blank java cards, skimming device, various credit cards, unused sim cards, flash drives, routers, and network hubs.
NBI Cybercrime Division Chief Victor Lorenzo said mere possession of skimming devices is already a violation of the law.
He explained skimming devices are used to steal information of ATM cards from its owners.
The computers also revealed that the suspects were also engaged in operating an illegal online gambling website.
Lorenzo added the suspects also failed to present travel documents.
Meanwhile, Lavin said that the Chinese Embassy has already been informed about the arrest.