Filipinos scammed into Sibuyas investment scheme
JERSEY CITY, NJ — Arvin Calica of Queens, New York is suing Analiza Daus-Amante
for a bounced check payment for $20,500 – which is money she owed to Calica since 2017 plus interest.
When Daus-Amante, the Filipina from Buda, Texas, invited Calica via Facebook messenger to invest in an onion farm in the Philippines, Calica said he trusted her with his life savings, and sent her money via Western Union beginning in September 2017.
Calica also claims that Amante borrowed a few thousand more for her personal use — this time Calica used his credit card to lend her money.
“Nung December 4, ginamit niya yung credit card ko sa Pilipino restaurant na kakilala niya sa austin texas, isang $1,700 at isa hong $2,000 dollars, dahil sa tiwala ko binigay ko yung credit card ko aprub niya,” said Calica.
Calica is not the only victim — Mylyn Princesa met Daus-Amante in New Jersey back in 2010. She says Amante needed money to pay for her mortgage.
Princesa says, just like Calica, she allowed Daus-Amante to use her credit card to pay for someone’s purchase at PC Richards so Daus-Amante can get the $800 cash.
“She knows someone from PC Richards and they said I just have to give my license, ID number and so that’s what I did, and they processed the transaction, a month later Iwas asking for the money… I keep hounding her for the money and then later on I received a check in the amount of $650, and when I cashed it, it bounced.”
Princesa sued Amante in a small claims court in Jersey City in 2016.
In a social media message to ABS-CBN news, Daus-Amante — under a username Joice Samuel — confirmed that she owes these people money and said that she has every intention to pay them.
But last May, this $15,000 dollar check she paid Calica bounced.
Daus-Amante also kept promising to send ABS-CBN News her video response to these accusations, but no response was received by the time of this broadcast.
Calica and Princesa say all they are asking Daus-Amante is to get their hard-earned money back.