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Hundreds, including soldiers, lost money to pyramid rent-a-car scam in Mindanao

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HUNDREDS, INCLUDING army and police personnel, who got duped into investing in what turned out as a multi-million pyramid rent-a-car and money market business scam want the people behind it locked in jail. Among those now complaining against Lahdin’s Marketing in Cotabato City, alleged broker of the deals now in question, are cops and soldiers who each invested up to P350,000. Police and Army investigators told reporters Saturday the firm is owned by an entrepreneur named Cassandra, whose parents are ranking employees of the Region 12 office of the Department of Education. A victim, Anwar Emblawa, spokesman of a group of about 200 of the more than 400 people recruited into the now controversial car and money trading deals, said Saturday they are preparing to file a class suit against Cassandra whom they accuse of having shortchanged them of their supposed earnings based on written agreements. “The consensus of the group is to have her prosecuted properly for all these problems,” Mr. Emblawa said. Other victims told reporters that President Rodrigo R. Duterte should immediately order the Anti-Money Laundering Council and the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the case. — Philstar

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