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NBI arrests foreigner posing as American Marine

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By Jeffrey Damicog

A foreigner who used the identity of an American national and posed as a member of the United States Marine Corps has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Director Dante Gierran said agents of the Bureau arrested a black foreigner during an entrapment operation last Tuesday at a coffee shop in Pasay City.

Gierran said the NBI acted on information that the suspect has been introducing himself as US Marine Corps officer Jerry Brown and has been seeking a financier to recover his money deposited at Global Cargo with a demurrage fee of $150,000.

NBI agents seized from the suspect an US passport identifying him to be US Marine Corps officer Jerry Brown and documents showing he has luggage stored at Global Cargo.

Prior the arrest, Gierran said the NBI already confirmed from the US Embassy in Manila that the suspect is not Jerry Brown and that there is no such person who is a member of the US Marine Corps.

The Embassy also noted that the passport has been reported lost in 2013.

Even after he got arrested, the suspect remained elusive of his identity and claimed being Justine Barlee and Jerry Rockstone.

He also claimed being American, Liberian or Jamaican.

Following his arrest, Gierran said the suspect was presented for inquest before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office for violating Article 177 (Usurpation of Authority or Official Function) and Article 178 (Using Fictitious Name and Concealing True Name) of the Revised Penal Code.

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