3 Kapa members drop raps vs. alleged scam mastermind Joel Apolinario
Kapa-Community Ministry founder and president Joel Apolinario now has three less complainants to worry about.
During a preliminary investigation hearing held at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday (Sept. 3), complainants Judith Lechido, Kim Ampo and her mother Virginia Ampo filed their respective affidavits of desistance indicating that they are withdrawing as complainants in the case.
Their withdrawal would leave the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as the only complainant in the case.
“If they want to execute an affidavit of desistance tatanggapin po namin,” said Assistant State Prosecutor Ma. Lourdes Uy, who chairs the panel of prosecutors conducting the preliminary investigation.
“Wala ka magagawa,” she admitted.
Uy noted that the three private complainants pointed out that the money they gave to Kapa were donations and do not seek anything in return.
Aside from Apolinario, those who have been named as respondents are other officials of Kapa, namely, his wife and corporate secretary Reyna Apolinario; treasurer Modie Dagala; directors Benigno Tipan Jr., Marnilyn Maturan, Riicky Taer, and Margie Danao; and incorporators Nonita Urbano, Junnie Apolinario, Nelio Nino, Maria Pella Sevilla, Jouelyn Del Castillo, Cristobal Barabad, and Joji Jusay.
“The modus/scheme of KAPA is basically solicitation of money/investment from the public in the guise of ‘donation’ with a promise of perpetual monthly interest equivalent to 30% return/interest in the guise of ‘blessings’,” read the NBI complaint.
The NBI explained that Kapa “sells and/or offers security/investment contracts to the general public without authority and license from the Securities and Exchange Commission.”
“KAPA made it appear that the collection from the public of investment money is an act of a religious donation and the grant of investment is a form of religious blessing,” it pointed out.
To back NBI allegations, it also used as evidence the statements of NBI undercover agents and the three private complainants.