In Magistrates Court this morning [July 9] three Filipino nationals pleaded not guilty to a series of charges of defrauding BF&M Insurance Co Ltd of approximately $75,000. The slew of charges covered the period April 2011 to March 2012.
Camille Canillas Orteza, 25, pleaded not guilty to eleven charges of obtaining money and attempting to money. Alone, she pleaded not guilty to taking or attempting to take approximately $65,000 on various dates between April 2011 and March 2012.
Ms Orteza and Rhyan Escano Calingasn, 32, were jointly charged with fraudently obtaining almost $7,000 between January and February 2011. Ms Orteza and Ferdinand Malabanan, 41, were jointly charged with fraudently obtaining approximately $3,750 in February 2011.
The Senior Magistrate was told that Ms Orteza was arrested when she returned to Bermuda in May 2012. According to DPP Prosecutor Cindy Clarke, Ms Orteza had come back to Bermuda to attend her graduation ceremony as a 2012 graduate of the Bermuda College, where she had been a student.
Mr Malabanan and Mr Calingasn were both Work Permit holders. Mr Calingasn was still working in Bermuda but Mr Malabanan’s Work Permit had expired and he is currently unemployed. Ms Orteza’s mother was a Permanent Resident, but Ms Orteza herself was now in Bermuda on a visitor’s visa.
Questioned by Senior Magistrate Archie Warner, the Prosecutor said that the Bermuda Police had already confiscated all three passports and the defendants would be unable to get out of Bermuda by any regular or legal means. Ms Clarke also told the Magistrate that exit authorities had been told of these three.
The Senior Magistrate granted each person bail of $5,000; required each to provide a Surety; and stipulated that each person must report to the Hamilton Police Station every Monday between 8:00am and 8:00pm.
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