- Couple arrested after they took at Php900M in “raw capital” in supposed Bitcoin scam
- Some “uplines” are receiving death threats from investors
Arnel and Leonady Ordonio were nabbed after they took off with a huge amount of money from 50 investors in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, according to Philippines National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa this Tuesday (April 10). The couple were arrested through the efforts of PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group operatives (CIDG) which is the division responsible for high-profile crimes.
A complaint has already been filed by CIDG against the couple. The alleged money making scam couple are the registered owners of NewG which is the company recruiting innocent investors.
There are 23 more included in the complaint filed before the DOJ (Department of Justice) who are called “uplines” or key players in the online investment scheme. After the couple was arrested, one of the “upline” said to a media company (ABS-CBN News) that she received death threats from the “downlines” (investors). Jhane Reyes said, “sa text, comment sa Facebook. Naintindihan ko naman ang downlines ko eh, kasi kung ano ang nararamdaman ko, nararamdaman nila.”
She also added that more than 100 of her investors has given approximately Php300M. She only felt something is wrong in December so she began to withdraw some of her investment as well as her downlines’.
“Kesyo marami na raw akong naipundar, nasa akin daw ang mga pera. Nung time ng December, nag-abono na raw po kami noon. Marami pong makakapagpatunay, nag-pull out na po kami ng downlines ko, di po sapat ‘yun para sa downlines ko,” She insisted.
Mark Anthony Dela Paz is another upline who’s getting death threats. He said that 115 of his downlines invested Php196M in the company. Php15M came from his relatives while Php10M came from his friends.
“Sa text and and chat sa FB, hinahanahap po ako, papatayin daw po, uunahin daw po ang pamilya,” he said.
He declared that he won’t be able to give back the money that his investors lost.
“Kahit magtrabaho po ako ng buong bahay, hindi ko po mababalik ‘yun. Kasi lahat din po ng kinita ko, naabono ko na rin po eh,” he added.
The Ordonio couple and 3 others are also facing a complaint from Reyes and Del Paz.