Police arrest estafa “queen”

Police arrested a lady salon owner who victimized several city residents of several millions of pesos, mostly through fraudulent land deals.

The suspect identified as Hazelyn Hubac Dagamac-Yap, 41 years old, married who hails from Barangay Salvador, Cortes. She was collared by elements of the Tagbilaran City Police Station on Thursday at the Tagbilaran City Integrated Bus Terminal.

Yap was arrested for estafa on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 48 Presiding Judge Jorge Cabalit on September 22, 2015.

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City Police Chief Supt. Nicomedes Olaiver told the Chronicle  that several of her victims showed up at the city PNP following her arrest. In fact, some of the victims requested not to be identified since their respective spouses did not know that they were victimized by Ms. Yap.

The victims admitted Yap to be so persuasive in making land deals with them which made them part with  their millions of pesos on what later surfaced as fake land deals.

The case that brought her to jail came after eluding arrest for more than a year for defrauding an elderly woman and her son of almost half a million pesos.

The suspect operates Mihaze Barber Shop, residing along  Lamdagan St. this city.

Yap did not resist arrest and is now temporarily detained at the police lock-up jail. Cabalit recommended a bail bond of P60,000.00 for her temporary liberty.

Yap was accused by Genara Darunday Cabang for duping her of more than P400,000.00 in exchange for the processing of land transfer documents for five parcels of land located in Barangays Landican and Taguihon, Baclayon.

According to a joint resolution of the Office of the City Prosecutor, Cabang together with her co-owners Marcelino, Virgincita and Victoria Darunday authorized Yap to sell their 17,818 sq.m. lot to Cabang’s son Jesse.

Cabang entrusted to Yap the preparation of all transfer documents of the lots which were all covered with original certificates of titles on the strength of the recommendation of her son.

Yap was his son’s high school classmate and she readily acceded to her son’s advice since she was sickly and was advanced in years.

The original certificates of title was handed over to Yap and a few days later Cabang hurriedly signed what appeared to be a deed of conveyance which she barely read.

After a year of waiting for the transfer certificates of title from the Register of Deeds, Cabang got in touch with Yap who gave her a copy of an Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate among heirs with simultaneous sale among other documents.

Cabang found that a certain Atty. Joel Coloma who notarized the documents was not a member of the roster of lawyers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Bohol Chapter.

Yap made Cabang believe that the document that she signed as the deed of conveyance was valid and duly notarized by a notary public.

Alarmed by Yap’s apparent fraudulent actions, Cabang sought the assistance of the barangay captain for the return of the original certificates of title but Yap failed to appear in the conciliation meeting.

“Based on the circumstances as narrated by Cabang to Assistant City Prosecutor, Leizl Visaya-Tuyogon, an information for estafa was filed against Yap but the complaint for falsification of public documents was dismissed for lack of evidence.



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