MANILA, Philippines - Two more complaints for syndicated estafa have been filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday against officers of Aman Futures Group Phils., Inc.
Both complaints were endorsed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which was tasked by the DOJ to probe the alleged P12 billion investment scam involving the embattled firm.
In a 4-page complaint, complainants Derrick C. Yap and Phillip S. Yap of Labangon Cebu City; Ayubkhan B. Conding, Agakhan A. Dianalan, Norhabib P. Conding, Ann Monica M. Urbina, and Faisal S. Salic of Capitol Site, Cebu City; and Allan A. Dianalan of Guadalupe, Cebu City named the following as respondents: Manuel K. Amalilio, Fernando R. Luna, Lelian Lim Gan, Eduard Lim, William L. Fuentes, Naezelle M. Rodriguez, Lurix Lopez, Katherine Bartiana Mendoza, Roldan Verano Pastrana, Isojo K.Casil, Edna Caballero, Patrick V. Ceriza, Edna Dalena, Dickens Dalena, Eva Dalena, Diosdado M. Mag-aso, Frederick Mag-aso, Leonita e. Duhaylungsod, Angelo Duhaylungsod, and Roger Tenajeros.
The complaint stated that a total of P109.91 million was invested in Aman Futures by complainants between August to September this year with the promise of a "huge return of investment" ranging from 53% to 58% interest.
The investments were allegedly covered by deposit slips as evidence of payments made.
"Despite the amount being due and demandable, however, the company failed to return their investments. Complainants further disclosed that they were duped into believing that the corporation was still lawful when in truth the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as of 08 October 2012, had already issued a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) directing the stoppage of the corporation's activities," the complaint read.
A separate complaint was filed by Jamaa Tan, Sonny Boy Ching, Joseph Aries A. Peteros, Isidoro A. Peteros III, Jimmy B. Elis, Eulogio C. Dela Cruz, Arwin A. Leopoldo, and Evelyn T. Ingcoy -- all residents of Zamboanga del Sur.
Named as respondents in this complaint are the following: Amalilio, Luna, Lim Gan, Lim, Fuentes, Rodriguez, Lopez, Nympha Luna also known as "Nimfa Lun," Dhurwin Wenceslao also known as Darwin Wenceslao, Araceli Pasco, Dona Coyme, Amay Caballero, Ernesto Luna, and Edward Amaro.
The offense allegedly took place between February to September of this year in Pagadian City.
"As part of their modus operandi, the Aman Group Phils., Inc. defrauded the public by misrepresenting themselves as a company engaged on futures trading and, as such, enticed them (public) to invest by offering large amount of interest ranging from 30% to 40% within 8 days and 50% to 86% within 18 to 20 days," the complaint read.
Complainants also pointed out that the firm was first known as Aman Future Trading, a company that supposedly engaged in the palm oil business and foreign exchange trading. During the second to third month of operations, the firm was known as Okachi Future Trading because of its alleged ties with Malaysia-based Okachi SDN. BHD.
The complaint said it was only in June 2012 when the firm came to be known for its current name.
Photocopies of receipts in the name of complainant Ching and photocopies of Standard Chartered Bank checks issued by Aman Futures were attached to the complaint as part of the evidence.
The respondents were slapped with similar complaints with DOJ Manila and the Prosecutor's Office in Pagadian City.