Woman wanted for P200-M 'investment scam' in Zamboanga arrested in Isabela

A woman wanted on charges of allegedly collecting about P200 million in an investment scam in Zamboanga del Sur has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Isabela province.

She was identified by the NBI as Rosemarie A. Guzman who was arrested by operatives of the NBI Western Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-WEMRO) at her residence in Delfin Albano, Isabela last Saturday, July 6.

Operatives of the NBI-WEMRO served three arrest warrants that were issued by the by the courts in Zamboanga del Sur where she is facing charges of violating  Republic Act (RA) No. 8799, the Securities Regulation Code, with no bail recommended; RA No. 9160, the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001, with no bail recommended; and syndicated estafa under Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), as amended by RA No. 10951, with no bail recommended.

“Subject Guzman will be transferred from Delfin Albano, Province of Isabela to Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur to face the charges against her,” the NBI said. 

“Subject Guzman, through social media platforms, enticed readers/followers to invest in their ‘Meat Shop Business’ named SilverLion Livestock Trading Corporation, Zamboanga City with promised ‘Return of Investment’ (ROI) of 40 percent per month,” it said.

“Subject Guzman’s group members were able to solicit P200,000,000 from unsuspecting investors in Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi,” it also said.

It added that the bureau made a verification made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Zamboanga Field Office which revealed that “SilverLion Livestock Trading, Inc. was registered with the SEC but failed to secure for ‘Secondary License’ to legalize their investment solicitation from the public.”