Caretaker tries to sell OFW’s mansion, pawns all her cars off

MANILA, Philippines – An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) had to take an emergency leave from her job in the United States after learning that the caretaker is trying to sell her mansion in Pampanga for Php5 million. But after he was caught, the police discovered that he had already pawned off all the OFW’s cars!

Marita Esseler was supposed to have her vacation in January 2020. But she had to come home earlier than schedule because she received a tip that her house is being sold by the caretaker.

“Ang dami ko na napadalang pera medyo ninenerbiyos na'ko. Later on, sabi ko, 'Bakit parang kulang na ang pinapadala niya sa'king mga resibo, hingi na ng hingi ng hingi ng pera,” Esseler shared.

Caretaker tries to sell OFW’s mansion, pawns all her cars off
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Rushing back to the Philippines to save her home, Esseler reported the matter to the cops. CIDG-Angeles City worked closely with Esseler and the would-be buyer for the entrapment operation. The caretaker had no idea that Esseler was already home and that cops were in on his plans.

As soon as the transaction was completed and he accepted the marked money, the police swooped in to arrest him. Caught red-handed, the caretaker was not able to hide the falsified documents he used in the transaction.

In his possession are a fake title for the OFW’s property as well as a special power of attorney that designates him as the authorized person to transact the sale, complete with a fake signature supposedly done by Esseler.

“Noong natapos na yung transaction nila dun sa loob, 'yun pumasok na kami. ‘Dun na namin nakita 'yung mga pekeng documents, at the same time, 'yung marked money natin,” said CIDG-Angeles City director Police Capt. Leopoldo Cajipe.

The OFW was thankful that the sale was prevented, especially because she had only obtained the house last year. Even if it is a bogus sale, it would surely be a huge hassle for her if someone had already purchased and moved in the property.

The caretaker is now facing Falsification of Public Document and violation of RA 9105 o Art of Forgery Act of 2001.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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