One Dream officials sued over P3-B scam

Posted at Jul 21 2015 06:41 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2015 07:28 PM

MANILA – A syndicated estafa complaint has been filed against executives of One Dream Global Marketing Inc. over the alleged P3-billion investment scam involving the company.

The complaints were filed by 18 investors before the Department of Justice against company owner Arnel Gacer, vice president Jobelle de Guzman, and other officers identified as Ariel Gacer, Richard Ramos, Jay-Ar de Guzman, Marlon de Guzman, Judith Itoh, Jun de Guzman, Lui de Guzman, Linda de Guzman, and Joel de Guzman.

The complainants said the company used a system profit scheme in recruiting investors.

Under the scheme, investors were required to put in P888 with the promise of a "pay-out" of P1,300 after four days.

However, the complainants said One Dream suddenly stopped its operations on July 11 after getting complaints that it failed to pay back its investors.

The complainants said they filed the syndicated estafa case after the company refused to return their money despite repeated demands.

"The acts of Gacer and the other respondents -- the distribution of flyers, the spread of several hard copies of the profit making scheme, the act of telling 'rags to riches' stories, the absolute guarantee that it will only take four days to profit, the continuous assurance that our hard-earned money will undoubtedly earn profits -- are clear indications of deceit and false pretenses and fraudulent acts executed prior to and simultaneous with the commission of frauds," the complaint said.

It added that One Dream, which started operations in May this year, has no permit to engage in selling and marketing investment products.

Based on its Articles of Incorporation, the company's primary purpose is the trading, buying and selling of various goods.

Authorities are now determining the whereabouts of the respondents. -- With a report from Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News Southern Luzon