Divine Lee involved in GA scam?

by Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2014 09:12 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2014 06:05 AM

Divine Lee

MANILA - Socialite Divine Lee is named in a new complaint filed at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) by alleged victims of the Globe Asiatique (GA) housing scam.

The complaint, filed by Beth Clapano, Christela Villavicencio, Lydia Domingo, and 2 other women, includes Globe Asiatique documents such as the company's copy of certificate of incorporation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In the document, Divine Lee is listed as the chief executive officer of Globe Asiatique, while her father, the now-detained Delfin Lee is company president. It also listed Dexter Lee as the company's chief of staff.

The complainants said they are victims of a "double sale." They were told that their ownership of units at the GA Tower Condominium 2 worth P1 million to P1.8 million each have been cancelled and are now owned by other people.

The 5 women are accusing the Lees of syndicated estafa.

They urged the other victims, which they said number to around 500, to also file a complaint at the NBI to make their case stronger.

Divine's lawyer, Atty. Willie Rivera, however, denied that his client is involved in the company.

"Divine Lee is not an officer of Globe Asiatique. The G.A. condominium association is a separate associaton which maintains the upkeep of the building," Rivera said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.

Divine's father Delfin was arrested last month after years in hiding.

A syndicated estafa case was filed against Delfin Lee and several others after GA was found to have used "ghost borrowers" and fake documents to obtain over P6.5 billion in loans from Pag-IBIG for its Xevera housing project.

His daughter Divine denied in 2012 that she was involved in the GA housing scam case.

“Ako kasi, since hindi naman ako parte ng kaso, at sabi nila, ‘Wala ka namang alam, you shouldn’t be… you can’t divulge anything, kasi wala ka namang alam,’” she said in an interview with the Philippine Entertainment Portal.