PNP presents cou­ple be­hind bit­coin scam

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! - HE Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) pre sented on Tues­day, April 10, a cou­ple who is al­legedly be­hind a multi-mil­lion-peso bit­coin scam. (Third Anne Per­al­taMalonzo/SunStar Philip­pines)

Dela Rosa said Ar­nel and Leon­ady Or­do­nio, 27, were ar­rested by the PNPCrim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) on April 4 af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from over 50 per­sons.

He said based on the com­plaints, the cou­ple, the reg­is­tered own­ers of the NewG bit­coin Philip­pines, has lured the vic­tims to in­vest in their com­pany with a prom­ise of a max­i­mum of 30 per­cent in­ter­est ev­ery 16 days.

“Li­wana­gin

natin. Bit­coin is the pre­sen­ta­tion kasi bit­coin per se is rec­og­nized ng mga iba. This is a vir­tual cur­rency. Ito sa pre­sen­ta­tion nung sus­pects hi­hi­hingi ng cap­i­tal sa kanila, may up­line, down­line tapos may prom­ise of re­turn ng in­vest­ment,” said CIDG di­rec­tor Roel Obu­san.

“In fact 16 days lang. How much in 16 days 30 per­cent.

Kung P1 mil­lion in 16 days may P300,000 ka na tubo so na­pakalaki. Sa una ibibi­gay n’ya muna, 1st at 2nd af­ter that mawawala na sya. This is a sim­ple case of estafa at pyra­mid­ing kasi meron silang up­line, may down­line,” he added.

Marvin Maglunog, one of the vic­tims of the cou­ple, said he in­vested P90,000 and re­ceived P25,000 in­ter­est ev­ery 16 days which prompted him to en­tice his friends into join­ing the scheme, too.

How­ever, since De­cem­ber he said they could no longer con­tact Or­do­nio.

“’Yung mag-asawa na cou­ple kung tit­ing­nan ninyo mag browse kayo sa YouTube meron ‘yung nan­dun sa Youtube nasa ba­hay bun­dle na tig 500 tapos na 2nd floor bin­abato nya ‘yung tig P500.

That's how they present them­selves as earn­ing so much by way of Bit­coin pero hindi sya con­nected sa bit­coin. May prineprsent na com­pany na newG Philip­pines,” said Obu­san adding that some vic­tims who they met through the so­cial me­dia in­vested mil­lions of peso.

Dela Rosa said the cou­ple amassed over P900 mil­lion from the vic­tims.

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