The City Government of Lipa headed by its Mayor Meynard Sabili is preparing to file charges with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the proprietors of One Dream Global Marketing after thousands of residents allegedly lost almost P2 Billion in a pyramiding scam.
A case of syndicated estafa is being prepared against spouses Arnel and Jovel Gacer, who are now in hiding.
Sabili said that members who invested P888 were promised a return of P1,300 after just 4 days. The maximum amount of P27,000 on the other hand was promised to be returned in the amount of P40,000 less tax.
In Manila, about 13 complainants went to the DOJ office to ask for assistance on their complaints against the same company.
The DOJ Action Center has referred the case to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the consolidation of the cases before formally asking the DOJ for a preliminary investigation.
According to DOJ Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the case is yet to be assigned for a prosecutor who shall conduct the hearing.
In their joint-complaint affidavit, 15 investors of the networking company charged the officers of One Dream with syndicated estafa for violation of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code.
Among those charged were: Arnel Gacer, President/CEO; Jobelle de Guzman, Vice President; Incorporators Ariel Gacer, Richard Ramos, Jay-Ar De Guzman; Members of Management Team namely Marlon De Guzman, Judith Itoh, Jun De Guzman, Lui De Guzman, Linda De Guzman and Joel De Guzman.
One Dream has been operating for almost two months in Lipa City, Batangas, but investors were surprised when its operation abruptly stopped on July 11, 2015 following various complaints about the company’s failure to pay investors the promised cash-out.
Mayor Sabili, meanwhile, has ordered the stoppage of pay-ins but wanted the company to distribute the amount it pledged to investors.
“Hindi ako nag order ng closure, hindi ko pinapasaraduhan pero wag nyo aalisin ang responsibilidad ko na kayo ay protektahan (I did not issue a closure order, but do not take away from me the responsibility to protect you),” said Sabili.
He has also called for the Gacer couple to his office but they failed to respond to his invitation.
Sabili said One Dream secured a permit from the city hall for the distribution of detergent but not for its investment business.
One Dream has branches in Quezon City, Sta. Rosa City in Laguna, Pangasinan and Balayan in Batangas.