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A 22-year-old woman was arrested for scamming police and military applicants of over P830,000 and stealing a motorcycle, during an entrapment operation in Cabagan, Isabela, police reported.

Arrested was Jebelyn Bungcag, a resident of Reina Mercedes town who introduced herself as Police Maj. Sharynyl Raffin in her “transactions,” according to a report from the Cagayan Valley regional police.

Members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Highway Patrol Group (HPG) field units in Isabela, along with Cabagan police, carried out the operation at a local hotel Wednesday.

Earlier, one Alexander Macapulay Jr., a PNP applicant from Lasam, Cagayan, sought police assistance because his motorcycle was missing from his boarding house in Cauayan City.

Macapulay suspected Bungcag of having a hand in his motorcycle’s disappearance as he had just met her to pay an initial P15,000 for fixing his application to the police.

During the entrapment, Bungcag transacted with another person whom she promised to help enter the uniformed services, the report said.

Operatives found her using Macapulay’s missing motorcycle so she was immediately apprehended.

Investigation indicated that she was in no way connected to the PNP or AFP, the regional police said.

Members of the Isabela provincial police managed to interview several other men who admitted to paying Bungcag sums of money in exchange for her assistance in entering the police and military.

A 22-year-old man claimed to have paid P750,000, followed by a 29-year-old who supposedly shelled out P550,000, a 21-year-old who said he handed out P15,000, and two others who allegedly paid P1,500 each.

They only suspected that something was wrong when Bungcag’s behavior changed every time they asked for updates on the recruitment, especially now that seven months have passed since she offered assistance, the regional police said.

Bungcag is now facing charges of carnapping, usurpation of authority, and large-scale estafa, it added.

The Regional Recruitment and Selection Unit, meanwhile, reminded parents and applicants to be cautious of persons who are trying to take advantage of the PNP recruitment.

Applications are free of charge and recruitment is based on merits and fitness to give all qualified applicants an equal opportunity, it said.

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