Yesterday, May 24, President and CEO of Aficionado Germany Perfume Joel Cruz, together with his lawyer Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, filed a swindling case against Brunei-based businesswoman Kathelyn "Kathy" Dupaya at the Department of Justice in Quezon City.
According to the "Lord of Scents," Kathy owes him a whopping P40 million pesos after he invested in her business in Brunei.
"Starting December 5, 2017 up to now, wala na siyang ibinigay na interes na promise niya na may six percent interest sa Philippine money na PHP29,750,000, plus $200,000," Joel said in an interview with Mario Dumaual on "TV Patrol."
"Kung nasa P52 ngayon ang (exchange) rate, nasa P40 million pesos na lahat-lahat (ang utang niya)," he added.
In one portion of his filed complaint, Joel shared how Kathy deceived him.
"...sending me fake deposit slips and transfer receipts via online transaction. She would lie and would make me believe that she had transferred money to my bank account which would only turn out to be false when I verify."
Joel couldn't believe that this happened to him.
"I got depressed," he revealed. "Sa sarili ko ako nasasaktan na after all nang nagawa ko, itong ganito, kung nasaan na ako ngayon, lolokohin lang ako ng isang tao."
Joel hopes that this unfortunate event will serve as a lesson to everyone.
"Masakit sa akin na alam ko na maraming OFW na kapatid, kababayan na naloloko," he relayed.
Sadly, Joel is not the only victim here. Even Ara Mina, Sunshine Cruz, Dianne Medina, and Ynez Veneracion fell into Kathy's trap.
In a text message sent to "TV Patrol," Dianne said, "this is heartbreaking and disturbing for us all. I am still seeking legal advice on the matter. I am hoping that everything will be cleared in then end. In Jesus' name."
Ynez, on the other hand, told Mario, "feeling ko po at feeling po naming lahat nai-scam kami. Gusto ko na lang makapag-ingat 'yung iba para hindi na rin sila maging biktima."
As reported by PEP, Ara was swindled by Kathy with P500,000.
"TV Patrol" was able to get Kathy's side and here's her statement:
"I acknowledge my debt to Mr. Joel Cruz. I was able to pay more (than) P17 million of this debt. He was charging me 1% a day on balance and this caused his total demand on me to be as large as he says this debt is.
"I am in the process of securing a loan. He agreed to wait on these loans I am securing against my properties.
"I fully intend to pay my debt granted we come to reasonable terms and a humane computation on interests accrued."
However, Joel maintained that the "interest" was written in their signed contract.
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