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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Vijay Eswaran major shareholder of Deepam and Tharishnam TVs under arrest in Jakarta

Jakarta, 16 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Vijay_Eeswaran_1.jpgVijay Eswaran of Malaysia, a major shareholder in the London based Deepam and Australia based Tharishanam televisions was arrested in Jakarta, Indonesia, along with and three Filipinos is awaiting extradition to the Philippines to face charges of syndicated estafa (Fraud. He is the Managing Director Hong Kong based QI Group and QuestNet founder, has been conferred with the honorary Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) -- which carries the title Dato' -- at an investiture ceremony in Pahang, Malaysia.

Vijay Eswaran of Malaysia and the three Filipinos Joseph T. Bimark, Tagumpay Kintanar, and Donna Marie Imson are accused of defrauding one Patrick D. Zuniga of more or less $625,000.

A fifth accused, a German national identified as a Kurt Georg Rooco Rinck, remains at large.

In December 2006 Nestor M. Mantaring, Director of the National Bureau of Investigation in Philippines ordered the five be placed on the Interpol Red Notice list as there were warrants of arrest issued for them in April 2006 by Judge Bayani T. Vargas of Branch 219 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Vijay Eswaran and his colleagues face charges of violations of Article 315 (2) (A) (Estafa-Syndicated (Fraud)) of the Revised Penal Code. According to the NBI, there may be yet more persons who were victimized by the five.

“When a red notice is issued for a person, any country which is part of the Interpol, if he or she is found there, they can be arrested,” said Ricardo Diaz, NBI spokesman and head of the Criminal Investigation Division regional director.

“The suspects are now under provisional arrest since May 03 in Jakarta pending a formal request from the Department of Justice for their extradition. Once that is in place, they can be brought back here to the Philippines to face justice.”

The charges against the suspects stem from a complaint filed by a Patrick D. Zuniga. The complaint states that in 1998, the suspects—who were all directors or officers of a company called Diversified Global Holdings (renamed Gold Question International Ltd.)—met the complainant and presented him with a business proposal.

The suspects allegedly told Zuniga that they and their company could make investments for Zuniga with an assured interest return of $10,000 a month for the first six months.

Zuniga was allegedly enticed to invest $625,000. However, the suspects allegedly pocketed the money and instead of earning money from his investment, the complainant allegedly suffered losses of $625,000.

- Asian Tribune -

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