Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Google Maps

A Jordanian man and his Filipino live-in partner have been arrested and accused of cheating around 100 victims by posing as recruitment agents and charging them to arrange non-existent jobs in Dubai.

On Monday, the two suspects, identified  as Ali Moh Khalil Tarrish and Myrla Olor, were arrested at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Manila, Philippines by operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), GMA News reported.

The couple were reportedly waiting to board a flight to Davao in an attempt to avoid arrest. According to the NBI, they allegedly took money from around 100 would-be migrant workers by promising them employment as cleaners, waitresses, delivery personnel, janitors and drivers in Dubai.

They were picked up by the authorities following the arrest of one of their alleged accomplices, Conchita Paculba, in another operation. Two other alleged accomplices, Virginia Adling and Mel Madera, are still at large.

The NBI said the Filipina suspect demanded 25,000 to 32,000 pesos (US$480 to $614) for placement and processing fees, but she and Tarrish “repeatedly failed” to provide jobs to applicants. During the course of the fake recruitment scam, the couple reportedly took around four million pesos ($76,800) from victims.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said that Tarrish and Olor are not licensed recruiters, and that Tarrish also had a standing arrest warrant for fraud. The two face charges of fraud and of violating the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.

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