MANILA -- State prosecutors said they found enough grounds to file fraud charges against 8 persons over an alleged car rental scam dubbed "rent tangay" or "rent sangla."
The suspects allegedly enticed their victims to invest in their car rental business in exchange for a guaranteed return. Though properly registered, the company, Creative Tempo, was intended to be a manpower firm.
"Deceit is obvious not only from the fact that respondents have represented a fictitious car rental business to complainants but also from the deliberate concealment of their business’ lack of sufficient assets or paid-up capital," according to a Department of Justice resolution.
Carjacking charges, however, were dismissed as these were "highly inconsistent" with fraud or estafa, the DOJ said.
The DOJ recommended syndicated estafa charges against Rafaela Anunciacion, Marilou Cruz, Edgardo Ramos, Alfredo Ronquillo, Eliseo Cortez, Anastacia Cauyan, Sabina Torrea, and Leonardo Torrea.
The complainants include car owners Benjamin Cruz, Juvie Sanguyo, Gilbert Valonda, Gina Luciano, Liberty Valmadrid, Alberto Santos, and Jefferson Aquino.
They alleged that the suspects "enticed them to enter into a rent-a-car business in exchange for rental fees ranging from P20,000 to P50,000 per month."
Car owners Meruel Tibayan, Lilian Arnaldo, Teresita Mendoza, Glen Guyuram, Ronnie Sosa, Penny Fabro, and Ernesto Caguilla also surfaced to support allegations of a modus.
Charges against other suspects Ramon Anunciacion, Vladimir Cauyan, Carlo Anunciacion, Erico Cruz, and Bienvenido Cruz were junked for lack of evidence.
The resolution was approved by DOJ Task Force Rent-Sangla chairperson, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Rosanne Balauag, and Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon.