Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Law enforcers out to arrest alleged fund scammers
By John Mark Escandor

NAGA CITY, March 7 (PNA) -- Joint elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) are now hot on trail of the incorporators of a suspected investment scam company on order of a regional trial court (RTC) after NBI filed a syndicated estafa case against the suspect.

RTC Branch 24 Judge Bernhard B. Beltran issued the warrant of arrest (WOA) on Feb. 2, with no bail recommended, against the incorporators of One Dream Global Marketing Inc, a suspected investment scam company that operated for three months in Naga City last year.

Beltran issued the WOA against Arnel Gacer, Ariel Gacer, Jobelle V. De Guzman, Jay-R V. De Guzman and Richard Ramos for duping several victims who were promised high returns on their money invested in One Dream but never materialized.

Arnel Gacer has listed his address at Block 7, Lot 20, Monte Flora, Sabang while Ariel Gacer, at Bhailon Bldg., Marawoy -- both in Lipa City; Jobelle De Guzman’s address is also at Block 7, Lot 20, Monte Flora in Sabang, Lipa City.

Jay-R V. De Guzman’s listed address is at Block 1, Lot 36, Monte Flora in Sabang, Lipa City; and that of Richard Ramos is said to be found at 35 A Monte de Piedad in Barangay Immaculate Concepcion in Quezon City.

Special Investigator Rex Solano said the Naga City Prosecutor’s Office has stricken out from the original list of conspirators from Naga City and Camarines Sur who were named in the information sheet submitted.

Solano said the city prosecutor did not find documentary evidence that linked Mary Ann Dela Cruz, Richard Jamer, Cristy Oliva, Rachel Jamer, Verna Mendoza, Arnel Evangelista and Sesyl A. Peña.

In the NBI information submitted to the city prosecutor, these persons were accused of conspiring with the incorporators in fleecing the complainants by enticing them to invest in One Dream.

One Dream is registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 15, 2015 as a "corporation to engage in trading, buying, selling, distributing and marketing at wholesale and retail."

With Company Registration No. CS201511588, its Certificate of Incorporation was signed by Ferdinand Sales, director of SEC Company Registration and Monitoring Department.

The complainants against One Dream were introduced to the investment scam in July last year after which the operation lasted for three months until the company's office in Magsaysay Avenue in Naga City closed down sometime in September.

The victims of the financial scam were promised a terrific return of investment which, they said, was Php40,300 after four days for every Php27,528 invested.

They were also promised health and beauty products, quantum pendant, bracelet for the entire amount of investment.

Another come-ons were promises of a brand new car, house and lot and electronic gadgets if they continue participating in the investment scheme of the One Dream.

Solano said that despite the experience in One Dream, victims of investment scams continued to pour into the NBI office in Naga City, asking help to get back at the scammers.

NBI records show that there are already 14 companies and individuals accused of scamming 316 victims of their hard-earned cash.

Listed companies or individuals with complaints from victims of investment scams include Arnel Gacer’s One Dream, Save and Earn of Nancy Cajot, Angelita Ramos’ El-Rabah, Ruby Valenzuela’s Trusty Foundation, Arla Baloloy’s 5-D, Antonette Nicole Sicam, Metchelyn Velos, JDHYS Trading and Lending Corp., EJ Paz Trading, Alladin and Hot Forex Management.

Because of complaints for not giving back the money invested in their companies, the NBI also put under investigation Ram Samar, Nestor Avenido -- a candidate for mayor in Magarao town in Camarines Sur, and Nestor Agnabo who lives in Pili, Camarines Sur.(PNA) RMA/FGS/JME/CBD