Feeling hopeless: Xian Gaza sentenced to 5 years in jail for bouncing checks

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The infamous 'billboard suitor' faces jailtime

XIAN GAZA. The self-proclaimed CEO is sentenced to 5 years in jail for violating the Bouncing Checks Law. Screenshot from Facebook.com/xiangaza

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Trial Court of Malabon found Xian Gaza guilty of violating the Bouncing Check Law and sentenced him to 5 years and 6 months in prison.

Gaza himself posted what appears to be a decision from the Malabon MTC on his Facebook page.

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According to the decision dated June 21, the self-proclaimed CEO was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for each count. He was also ordered to pay the unnamed complainant P2,180,000 plus the legal fees incurred.

According to ABS-CBN, Gaza said  the decision was read to him on June 28, and that he was consulting with his lawyers regarding his next move.

Gaza first gained attention when he used a billboard to ask actress Erich Gonzales out on a coffee date. Later on, several people claimed that they were scammed by Gaza, who allegedly asked them to invest various businesses that never materialized.

In April, a warrant was issued for Gaza after he refused to appear in hearings for his bouncing checks case.

While the court’s decision has left Gaza “feeling hopeless,” he seems to have accepted it – his Facebook bio currently reads “XIAN GAZA | 24 | SINGLE | GUILTY.” – Rappler.com