By Nancy Carvajal
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has busted a group of scammers who prey on clueless investors with the promise of a 30-percent monthly return on investments.
According to the NBI, the group led by Marlyn Cadelinia Clava ran away with P2.4 million from one investor in a span of two years. Another victim gave the suspect P60,000 in hopes the money will grow.
Clava lured the victims by claiming she will invest their money in ventures related to fishery, coconut farming and fiber glass manufacturing, which turned out to be non-existent.
The suspect was arrested on April 30 by NBI in an entrapment operation. She has been charged with estafa and fraud, and under detention at the NBI.
NBI supervising agent Mark Santiago said the agency received complaints from five of Clava’s victims, which led them to look into the suspect’s modus.
“Our investigation showed that all the businesses she mentioned to investors to entice them to give their money, were all non-existent. The suspect however, has a small barber shop located in Tanay, Rizal which was operated by her husband, Santiago said.