Fake Meralco meter reader nabbed for extortion

MANILA, Philippines – A man who posed as a meter reader for the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) was arrested Monday night for allegedly extorting money from a Quezon City resident he accused of tampering with an electric meter.

Manuel Pascual Jr., 32, is facing charges of robbery-extortion, said Superintendent Marcelino Pedrozo Jr., commander of the Quezon City Police District-Station 3.

Pedrozo said they are still checking whether Pascual, alias John Manuel, victimized other people. He said the suspect worked with Meralco before but is no longer connected with the company.

Pascual was arrested after he received P5,000 from Ryan Simon, a resident of Barangay Bahay Toro, PO1 Noel Galeno said.

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