SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna—One of the suspects in the multimillion-peso automobile rental rip-off was shot dead in entrance of her home in Sta. Rosa metropolis in Laguna province on Wednesday afternoon, police stated on Thursday.

Lea Rosales had simply gotten out of her automobile when two males on a bike shot and killed her in Barangay (village) Malusak at three:40 p.m., based on Supt. Joel Estaris, Sta. Rosa police chief.

Estaris stated Rosales got here from the town prosecutor’s workplace for a preliminary investigation associated to charges of syndicated estafa filed in opposition to her over the so-called “rent sangla” operation.

The scheme reportedly duped a whole bunch of car homeowners right into a automobile rental enterprise. However, unknown to the homeowners, the suspects pawned the autos to different individuals.

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“Based on our investigation, a black SUV (sport utility vehicle) had dropped (Rosales) off in front of her house when the gunmen appeared. It seemed she was already being tailed,” Estaris stated.

He stated the wounded Rosales managed to run about 10 toes into the road however she ultimately collapsed.

A safety digital camera in the neighborhood confirmed one of many gunmen sporting a ski masks and the opposite a helmet.

Senior Insp. Myra Novilla, spokesperson of the police’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG) in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) area, confirmed that Rosales was one of many respondents in the string of syndicated estafa circumstances filed by rip-off victims in the Department of Justice.

Rosales, she stated, was earlier arrested however later launched since a earlier case filed in opposition to her was for easy estafa, a bailable offense.

About two months in the past, the HPG additionally arrested the group’s alleged mastermind, Rafaela Anunciacion, additionally in Sta. Rosa City. She too was launched after posting bail.

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Anunciacion, in her assertion to the police, denied working with Rosales, opposite to the complainants’ claims that Rosales acted as Anunciacion’s secretary./rga

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