MANILA, Philippines – Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc. President Fernando Luna has surfaced, submitting his counter affidavit to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, December 27.
Luna and his wife Nimfa told the DOJ that they are willing to testify against Manuel Amalilio, the owner of Aman Futures. The couple is being investigated for estafa in connection with the pyramid scam.
Luna said that the brains behind Aman was its owner, Manuel Amalilio.
He said Amalilio appointed him president of Aman even if he was just a driver. Luna said he agreed simply because he wanted to earn more money.
Luna said a few days before Aman Futures was closed, he was able to deposit P9 million to Amalilio’s bank account.
Luna said he and his family were forced to hide because of the death threats against him. “Kahit saan na lang kami makatulog ‘pag gabi. Kahit mga anak ko, hindi makakain ng maayos,” Luna tearfully recounted to reporters.
A few weeks ago, the Anti-Money Laundering Council seized the bank deposits of Aman Futures amounting to P200 million.
Aman Futures offered investors 30 to 80 percent return on investments over 8 to 20 days. The potential for huge profits enticed thousands, initially in Pagadian CIty and later on in Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga, and Cebu City.
Key investors, including Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co, have been charged with estafa over the scam. More than 11,000 complaints have been filed against Aman Futures so far.
Aman Futures, which duped 15,000 people in Visayas and Mindanao, started operating in February this year in wet markets and with vendors and tricycle drivers as initial investors. – Rappler.com