Fil-Am facing massive fraud case in US

By Balitang America Staff

Posted at Feb 21 2014 01:33 PM | Updated as of Feb 21 2014 09:33 PM

REDWOOD CITY, California – More victims have surfaced in a massive fraud case that spans 3 decades and involves a Filipino businessman from California.

Eminiano Jun Reodica, 69, once owned one of the largest car dealerships in the US. Today, he is accused of committing fraud amounting to $70 million.

US authorities have filed a 51-count indictment against Reodica that alleges bank fraud and false statements on loan applications for more than 30 years.

His trial is set for Aug. 19 in Los Angeles and he faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Tagged as the Brisbane Bernie Madoff, Reodica fled the US and moved to Australia in the 1990s under the name Roberto Cosco-Lluela.

Recent further probes show that he also allegedly defrauded up to 500 Australian families.