MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation Central Visayas (NBI-7) filed a case against a woman who pretended to be Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on social media to ask for funds for an alleged non-governmental organization.
Conchita Ceniza Traya, a resident of the town of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, was charged at the Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, October 3, for violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
Since the respondent remains at large, the prosecutor’s office will conduct a preliminary investigation and give Traya the opportunity to submit her counter-affidavit to refute the allegations.
If there is enough evidence against Traya, the charges will be raised in the trial court. Otherwise, the case will be dismissed.
The case against Traya stems from a message received by a public school teacher on June 27, 2022, Herbert Canete, from a fake Gobernador Garcia account asking for P100,000 to help a non-government organization.
The offer ended up being P5,000 which was sent through Gcash.
After the teacher’s transaction with Traya, the teacher sent a screenshot to Governor Garcia asking for the NBI’s intervention on a fake Instagram account that used his name.
Garcia does not have a personal Instagram account. What she does have is an official Instagram fan page managed by the Provincial Information Office named “GwenGarcia_Cebu.”
Traya was traced using a “warrant to disclose data” for her identified GCash account. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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