‘Fake’ designer in police custody-A A +A
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
A MAN claiming to be a fashion designer will face at least seven counts of swindling for allegedly deceiving seven college students and making them believe he designs gowns.
Suspect Carl Miñoza promised the victims that their gowns would be ready for their prom on April 26.
One of the students, 20-year-old Mariah Anya Paraz, sought the help of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) when she saw his photo on Sun.Star Cebu.
Sun.Star Cebu posted a picture of Miñoza on the paper last March 10 after he solicited payment from potential clients of Sun.Star Cebu, such as models who want to be featured in the newspaper, claiming he was with the company.
“Sige’g pangayo og bayad unya wala jud kapakita namo bisag panapton (He kept on asking for payment and he couldn’t even show us the cloth),” she said.
Police discovered that Miñoza was arrested on March 8 for the same offense, but the case was settled.
Last Monday afternoon, they conducted an entrapment in one of the malls in Cebu City.
Another victim, 21-year-old Jessa Chan, contacted Miñoza and told him she would give him another down payment.
When she handed him the marked money at their meeting place, police arrested Miñoza.
No designs, no gowns
Police said Miñoza couldn’t even come up with the designs for the gowns.
Paraz said Miñoza was referred to her by her aunt.
She said she called him last February and asked him to design a gown for her.
Miñoza charged her P5,000, and asked for P2,500 as down payment.
He told her he would give her a discount if she referred him to her friends.
She referred him to six of her classmates.
Miñoza allegedly charged them between P5,000 and P10,000 for the gowns.
Miñoza, who is detained in the CCPO stockade, declined to talk to the media yesterday.
CIB Chief Romeo San-tander said they expect more victims to come forward.
Meanwhile, Logane Echavez, marketing production head of Sun.Star Cebu, clarified that the paper doesn’t collect processing fee for featured articles or models.
She also said Miñoza is not connected with Sun.Star Cebu.
“He dragged the name of the paper and asked for processing fee from the clients. We do not do that. We (Sun.Star Cebu) even pay our models instead of asking for fees from the clients,” she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 02, 2014.