Five Years in Jail For Filipino in Stolen Credit Card Fraud in US

A Filipino man has been sentenced to over five years in prison for running a $9 million stolen credit and debit card syndicate in New Jersey. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Angelo Virtucio, 31, of Quezon City, Philippines was sentenced to 63 months in prison, along with two years of supervised release from the federal court in Newark. Virtucio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in 2016, a year after he was arrested in January 2015 in South Florida, a previous report on NJ.com said. The defendant, who…

Filipino Restaurant in New York Ordered Closed Over Sanitation Violations

A Filipino restaurant located in Woodside, New York has been ordered closed temporarily by the Health Department for racking up several violations during a routine health inspection. Kabayan, located at 69-12 Roosevelt Avenue, was shut down Thursday for racking up a whopping 117 violation points during a standard health inspection. As of Monday, the restaurant was still closed. The Department of Health website indicated there were several critical and non-critical violations that led to the closure order of the popular…

Filipino Teacher in Illinois Arrested For Sending Inappropriate Text to Minor

A Filipino science teacher in the U.S. state of Illinois was arrested on a felony charge of grooming. According to Shorewood police, Lemuel Elechicon, 51, of Crest Hill, Illinois, sent inappropriate text messages to a 13-year-old girl. It was not confirmed if the girl was one of the teacher's students. The girl's parents alerted the police about the alarming texts Elechicon had sent to their daughter since January. Elechicon, however, posted bail and was out on a $100,000 after he was charged with one felony count of…

Filipino Doctor Becomes A Hero On US Transcontinental Flight

Despite enduring sleeplessness, hunger and fatigue, a Filipino doctor superbly fulfilled his professional duty during midflight in the United States. Filipino physician Dr. Lawrence Eidref Lipana , who just came from a memorial service for his father-in-law, boarded an Alaska Airlines from San Jose, CA to Newark International Airport, New Jersey. But thirty minutes after takeoff, flight crew announced the need for a medical professional on board as a young passenger was experiencing shortness of breath, lightheadedness…

US Coast Guard Searching for Missing Filipino Bartender at Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner

The US Coast Guard is searching within the Gulf of Mexico for a crew member of a luxury cruise liner who went missing around 1:30am Monday. In a statement, the USCG said the Eighth District command center in New Orleans has received a report that the unidentified Filipino man, 39, was seen “approximately 170 miles southeast” of Galveston, Texas. The man is reportedly part of the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas's Care Team, a report by NY Daily News said. Global Corporate Communications Manager for the…

A Filipino restaurant in New York Temporarily Shut Down Due to Violations

A Filipino restaurant in Woodside, NY has been temporarily closed for violation of several health laws earlier this week. Ihawan, located at 40-06 70th Street, was ordered shut down Tuesday for racking up 56 violation points during a standard health inspection, reports Sunnyside Post. According to the Department of Health website, the closure of the restaurant was due to non-critical and critical violations which include storing food beyond required temperature, presence of live mice, and contaminated area for food…

First Filipino Deported Under Trump Admin Speaks Out

The first known undocumented Filipino immigrant in Southern California to be deported under the Donald Trump administration has spoken about the abrupt end to his life in America. Rey Galleon, who came to the US seven years ago after he jumped ship, has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and swiftly deported out of the country. Galleon had just dropped off his 9-year-old child at school March 17 when he found people at his apartment complex asking neighbors where he and his family were. He spoke to…

Employer Settles $72,000 Unpaid Wages Of Filipina Brought From HK to USA

A Filipina nanny who was brought by her employers to the United States from Hong Kong has received a settlement amount after she sued her employers for unpaid wages and stolen tax deductions. Maricel Cachero Cano was told to accompany her bosses Nicolas and Heidi Lee. However, she soon found out that her employers who deducted $10,000 for her tax obligations failed to remit them to the IRS, Social Security and Medicare, court records show. Cano brought her case in August last year to New York employment lawyer John…

Filipino Arrested in Fatal Bus Shooting in Las Vegas

Police authorities have arrested a Filipino man after a shooting incident that left one man dead and another wounded on Saturday, March 25 on the Strip. Rolando Bueno Cardenas, 55, of Las Vegas faces charges of open murder with use of a firearm, attempted murder with use of a firearm, burglary while in possession of a firearm, and discharging a gun within a vehicle, the Metropolitan Police Department said Sunday. He was arrested after hours-long standoff in front of The Cosmopolitan. At 11:00am double-decker RTC bus…

Filipino Man Convicted for Drug Trade in Hawaii Fears Death in Philippines Once Deported

A Filipino green card holder in the United States serving time for selling illegal drugs is fighting a deportation order for fear he might killed in the Philippines. Citing the Duterte administration's war against illegal drugs that claimed thousands of lives, Herbert Carino, 31, spent eight years in jail for selling crystal meth, Hawaii News Now reported. However, a year after his release in 2011, Carino, who now works as a commercial truck driver, was issued a deportation order given his status as a convicted felon…