Aman scam suspects face new estafa raps

James Annjo Salomon
Department of Justice prosecutors in Cebu find probable cause for another round of charges against former Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co and 11 others

ANOTHER CASE. A file photo of former Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A joint resolution issued by the Department of Justice-Special Panel of Prosecutors here recommended the filing of another syndicated estafa case against former Pagadian Mayor Samuel S. Co, Aman Futures Head Manuel K. Amalilio, and 10 other respondents.

The DOJ found probable cause to pursue another round of syndicated estafa cases against Co and the others who are allegedly involved in a P12-B pyramid scam that duped at least 15,000 people from Pagadian and other provinces in Mindanao and the Visayas.

Investors-turned-complainants have linked Co and his wife to Aman. They said the couple was directly involved with the scam and that they put up a sub-branch of Aman in Manila, which operated as an authorized representative of the Aman group.

In the same resolution, the DOJ dismissed a complaint lodged by Samuel Co himself, saying he was an active participant of the fraudulent scheme.  It has also dismissed the graft charges filed against Co by Fabian Tapayan since this should have been filed with the Office of the Ombudsman.

Included as respondents in the case to be filed are Fernando R. Luna, Lelian Lim Gan, Eduard L. Lim, Wilanie L. Fuentes, Naezelle M. Rodriguez, Lurix B. Lopez, Mohammad Hassan Mackno, Dimasara Jova, Ian Madarang and Priscilla Ann Fernandez. – 


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