Bizwoman nabbed for estafa
CEBU, Philippines — A businesswoman was arrested in her home in Beverly Hills, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City for estafa after she allegedly failed to pay more than P11 million worth of items which she got from an investor.
Michaela Shaina Zamora was arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant stemmed from a case filed against her in July 2018 by Diogenes Evardsen.
Evardsen alleged that Zamora owns an investment company and he invested P400,000.
They met through common friends in early 2017 when they started the transactions.
“Actually pag-first jud namog transaction, naa ni siyay investment company. Ni invest ko sa iyaha through our common friends. Nag meet mi sa katong orientation namo sa Fortune Money Tree,” Evardsen said in an interview. (She has an investment company before and I invested through common friends. We met in an orientation on Fortune Money Tree.)
Zamora allegedly tells her victims that she owns businesses such as construction companies, petroleum and energy companies and an investment company.
She allegedly presented documents on these businesses as her way to earn her victim’s trust. However, all of these businesses were non-existent.
Evardsen sells luxury bags of different brands that are personally owned and from suppliers.
Zamora got items from her worth P40 million after seeing the bags, jewelry and watches that Evardsen owns.
But later on, she explained to Evardsen that she can’t pay all the items and returned some. But she left a balance of P11 million.
“Nangutang siya sa akoa 1 to7 months, okay pa ang payment which is in check. Ang next 8 months, wala na. Palpak na ang mga cheke. Kadaghan na ni-bounced ang cheke. I asked her na iuli ang ubang items pero naa gihapoy balance na P11 million,” Evardsen explained. (The checks in the first seven months but on the 8th, it already bounced. I asked her to just returned the items but she left a balance of P11 million.)
Zamora promised several times to settle her balance but still she did not.
Evardsen has also heard complaints from other people who are also victims of Zamora.
Seized during the operation were ID cards, cheque, a death certificate, driver’s license and business name registration certificate all showing that Zamora also uses other names like Ma. Ulrika Urhania U. Montedineros, Blanche Kenneth Germodo Llorente and Ealexandra E. Enckerman.
The Freeman tried to get Zamora’s side but she refused to issue any statement.
She is now in the custody of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO). — Hanna D. Tejada, USC Intern MBG (FREEMAN)