May 25, 2008
The latest development on the Royal Manchester Five (RMF) scam: the National Bureau of Investigation filed charges last week against eight officers and incorporators of the RMF Ponzi scam.
Charged with estafa at the Department of Justice (DOJ) were:
- Cyrus Hao, RMF board chair and president;
- Edwin Rosas, senior vice president;
- Rowena Uy, treasurer-chief finance officer;
- Joseph Bualoy, chief operations officer;
- Joesedev Colina, executive vice president;
- Cyril Alexander Digo, sales agent;
- Estrella Digo, sales agent; and
- Clarence Lao, sales agent
The charges were based on the complaints filed by 27 investors victimized by the Ponzi scam.
April 15, 2008
Just a month after the Royal Manchester Five scam became public, there seems to be less media attention now and the enthusiasm of victims to run after the scammers is beginning to die down.
We scoured the internet for recent updates on this scam but failed to get news on major developments. Here’s what we’ve seen, though.
March 26, 2008
Cyrus Hao, chief executive of Royal Manchester Five (RMF) — a foreign currency investment program that duped investors billions of pesos, is still at large.
March 20, 2008
Cyrus Hao, chief executive of Royal Manchester Five, apparently learned the ropes from Rosario “Rose” Baladjay, owner of pyramid scam Multinational Telecom Investors Corp. (Multitel), for whom he worked for prior to starting his own pyramid operation.
Rose Baladjay is known as the “Queen of Pyramiding” in the Philippines after her Multitel company scammed more than P100 billion ($2.5 billion at the current exchange rate) from around 2 million investors. She enticed investors with guaranteed returns of 4-5% per month or, as an alternative, a double-your-money offer or 100% return after 18 months.
March 11, 2008
The manhunt is on for 28-year-old Cyrus Yap Hao, said to be the president of Royal Manchester Five Trading Corp. (RMF), a foreign currency investment company that duped thousands of investors of money amounting to more than P2.1 billion (US$51 million).
March 7, 2008
In the beginning, there was FrancSwiss.
Now, the latest multi-million peso scam to emerge is Royal Manchester Five, also called RMF Trading Corporation.
Several RMF agents and investors posting in the Royal Manchester Five discussion thread in the PMT Forum are confirming that the company is now officially a scam after the CEO and owner, 28-year-old Cyrus Hao, purportedly ran away with millions of dollars worth of investors’ money.
Says PMT member faithfully: All of the issued checks lately bounced kaya nag trigger na puntahan sa house na yung Chairman (Cyrus Hao) kase they can’t get hold of him and he’s the only one who has access sa bank accounts… it’s confirmed, the chairman ran off, the directors can’t find him anymore.. the house is empty and all bank accounts are closed.
Says suzette07: mukhang sa zamboanga daw dumaan then malaysia…
The development is strikingly similar to that of another fallen company PIPC, whose Singaporean owner Michael Liew allegedly fled the Philippines and disappeared with between $140 million and $250 million of funds in tow.