NBI seizes Amalilio's Lamborghini

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 10 2013 03:10 PM | Updated as of May 11 2013 08:40 AM

Amalilio's Lamborghini-- Photo by Lito Diaz for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has seized a luxury car owned by beleaguered Aman Futures founder Manuel K. Amalilio.

The 2-seater vehicle, a Lamborghini Gallardo 560 Coupe Regolare, was imported from Italy based on import entry number C 23754.

It was found parked and abandoned at the BSA Twin Tower Condotel, BSA Twin Towers Bank Drive cor. J. Vargas St., Ortigas Center, Bgy Wack Wack, Mandaluyong City.

A certain Shaffic Risaib Shah reportedly parked the vehicle at the BSA Tower Condominium because parking was already full at the BSA Condotel. Shah leased the slot for one month, the NBI said.

"It's 2012 model, bago ito... I-refer sa [Dept of Justice] panel holding the Aman case, sila mag seek ng court order to open car," Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said in an interview with reporters.

De Lima said she wants to dig deeper into the circumstances surrounding the importation of the P17-million vehicle, and wants to look into other sales made by its distributor.

"Another angle is [possible] money laundering, it's P17 million. Dapat classified ito as a suspicious transaction," she said.

Amalilio, along with other Aman officers and Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co, is facing criminal charges for syndicated estafa for the firm's alleged pyramiding scam. De Lima earlier announced Aman Futures duped thousands of investors of up to P12 billion -- the largest Ponzi scheme in the country, to date.

Amalilio is detained in Malaysia where he is serving a 2-year sentence for violations of its passport laws.

The DOJ and the foreign affairs department will soon initiate efforts for Amalilio's extradition and the forfeiture of his assets here.