Canada deports Pinoy couple in pyramiding scheme

Canadian authorities finally caught up with a Filipino couple who were allegedly engaged in pyramiding scheme, a form of swindling, TV Patrol World reported Monday.

The report named the suspects as the husband and wife team of Kaye and Janice del Rosario. The couple fled to Toronto, Canada in March 2003 in an attempt to hide from their victims in the Philippines who were demanding the promised multi-million income from investing in their business.

“Karamihan sa mga victims nila iyung mga kapwa namin sa PNP, sa AFP at meron din sa civilian sector (Most of their victims were colleagues from the PNP and AFP and some from the civilian sector),” said Superintendent Constante Agpaoa of the Quezon City Police District Station 6.

Danny Go, a former client of the couple, said the suspects left the Philippines after borrowing money from him.

The couple used tourist visas to gain entry to Canada and applied shortly thereafter a refugees,

Kaye, a former jail officer, worked as a hotel waiter in Canada. His wife, meanwhile, posed as a wealthy businesswoman selling jewelry and succeeded in swindling some Canadians and Filipinos.

In the Philippines, a court issued an arrest warrant against the couple. This expedited their deportation.

Kaye was arrested on January 15 while police took his wife into custody three days later. They arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport over the weekend.

For their part, the couple said that their financing and dealership business in the Philippines is legal.

They also claimed giving P10 million to policemen who harassed them. The couple said it was these policemen who told them to leave the Philippines.

“Parang ine-extort na siya noon. Kapag hindi nagbigay ng protection money ica-categorize sa pyramiding (It’s like extorting money. If we don’t give them protection money, they threatened to categorize our business as pyramiding),” Kaye said.

The couple could face charges of syndicated estafa once other victims file additional complaints against them. With a report from Wheng Hidalgo

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