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Repost: Former Actor and Decathlete David Bunevacz Sentenced to Jail for 210 Months by a California Court

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Former Fil-Am actor and decathlete David Bunevacz was sentenced on Monday (US time) by a California court to jail for 210 months or more than 17 years.

Bunevacz, 53, of Calabasas, California, was convicted of one count of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud.

US District Judge Dale S. Fischer ordered Bunevacz to pay $35,267,851 in restitution for scamming investors in business entities he put up such as CB Holding Group Corp. and Caesarbrutus LLC. 

Bunevacz claimed these companies were involved in the cannabis industry and engaged in the sale of vape pens which contained CBD oil and THC.

According to the court document, Bunevacz was able to raise $45,227,266 from more than 100 victim-investors. 

However, he misappropriated majority of the funds to finance his opulent lifestyle including a luxurious house in Calabasas, Las Vegas trips, jewelry, designer handbags, a lavish birthday party for his daughter, and horses.

A former UCLA decathlete who competed with the Philippine national team, Bunevacz “preyed on individuals who believed he was their friend,” Judge Fischer said.

The “seriousness of [his] conduct cannot be captured in mere dollars and cents," he added.

Judge Fischer said Bunevacz continued with his scheme even while serving probation for a state court conviction. “Not even a criminal conviction and the threat of jail convinced [Bunevacz] to become a law-abiding citizen," he said.

On July 18, Bunevacz agreed to plead guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud.

He was arrested on April 5 and has been in federal custody since then.

Court documents showed Bunevacz told at least one investor that he had a Chinese manufacturer of disposable vape pens and had obtained “raw pesticide-free oil” that was sent to a “lab that infuses the flavors into the oil with our proprietary custom process that renders the vape flavoring smooth and discrete.”

He also provided investors with forged documents to show that the businesses were successful.

According to the court, Bunevacz registered various shell companies and listed other individuals including his stepdaughter as corporate officers.

He concealed negative information from his investors such as his felony conviction in 2017 for the unlawful sale of securities, according to an affidavit filed in support of a complaint in this case.

“The sense of violation, the assault on personal dignity, and the lasting trauma [Bunevacz] has caused are very much reminiscent of the harm typically associated with violent crimes,” prosecutors said.

“And, with well over a hundred victims, [Bunevacz] caused these harms at a scale rarely seen," they added.

The court did not grant Bunevacz' lawyer's request to shorten the jail sentence due to his client's health condition.

Bunevacz is set to serve his sentence at a California state prison. —with a report from Dave Llavanes Jr./KG, GMA Integrated News



 

92 comments:

  1. 70 na sya paglabas nya ng bilangguan

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    1. ganon talaga. scammer eh

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    2. Con and scammer.

      Feeling Hollywood elite ang lifestyle na wala naman palang pera.

      Always pa sila na feature sa newspapers here before na "marangya" kuno ang life sa US. Sa scam pala galing. Tsk!

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    3. Sana hanggang 80 naman bat ganun, di makatarungan

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    4. Its about time!! He can run but he cant hide!

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    5. Si Jessica Rodriguez iniwan yung exhusband nyang 80s matinee idol para sa guy na yan, scammer lang naman pala

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    6. With allowance for good time etc it will most likely be around 13 years.

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  2. Tama lang yan sa mga scammer! Nasa America na hindi pa nagtrabaho ng maayos at itinuloy lang niya sa US ang masamang gawain nya sa pinas!

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  3. Sad. May maayos na buhay sa amerika at may potential naman pero pinili ang masamang gawain.

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    1. Mayabang po kasi at pabida. Living luxuriously beyond his means. It's about time ma-jail na cya. Justice served for Anjannette Agbayari.

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    2. It was his lifestyle.

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  4. ayan anoon sina cedric ang masama,pumunta sa US mas malala pa ginawa.they even bought Kylie Jenner’s house,ganong sila kalakas mang scam.

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  5. Si guy inako lahat wag lang madamay ang family nya.likas nang scammer talaga sila.

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    1. dapat sinali yung asawa

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    2. Yes dapat sinama ung asawa sa lawsuit. He specifically mentioned that he did what he did because he wanted to give his wife a luxurious life. Engs na lang ang maniniwalang walang kinalaman si Jessica. She benefited from it.

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    3. Sa Pinas pa lang aware na yung wife sa kalakaran ni David. Enabler at materialistic din si Jessica, I don't think she's innocent.

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  6. Kung Pinas iyan, pagala-gala lang iyan at malaya

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  7. Tinuloy sa US ang pagka Social climbers & scammers nila.magalingnsi guy magsalita,imagine dami nyang na-scam na rich people to invest in his bogus business that doesn’t exists,puro lmg sa papel.

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  8. Oh, hope Jessica is not involved. Sayang naman, he can live simple life naman

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    1. 4:24, involved si Jessica. Super tanga naman sya pag hindi nya alam ang gawain ng asawa nya. Kakasuhan sana yung oldest daughter pero nag plead guilty nalang si David para hindi makulong yung daughter.

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    2. How can she not be involved?

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    3. Naku highly likely involve yan kaya nag plead guilty si David. To spare the fam.

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  9. Bakit kasi di pa sila nagtino nung nag America sila! Nagkaroon na ng chance sinayang naman. Sobrang maluho kasi

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  10. Justice is served. Ganyan dapat nangyayari sa mga scammers!

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  11. Once a scammer always a scammer

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  12. Buti di nadawit si jessica

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    1. Panong nakakabuti na hndi dawit si Jessica when dawit nman tlga sya s mga scam nang asawa nya? Hello? Tignan mo kaya ang luxurious lifestyle nang buong pamilya.

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  13. Yung maayos na buhay niya is courtesy of his crimes.

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  14. Wow ligtas si wifey, in stalk ko IG nila bago lumabas yung kaso at ang bongga nga ng lifestyle nila, her daughter pa nga equestrian
    Kukunin lahat ng meron sila good luck

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    1. yabang din eh. scmmer naman pala

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  15. Sila yung bumili ng bahay ni Kylie haha nasa IG ng anak nila ang proof πŸ˜‚

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  16. Hustisya sa mga biktima nya. Tama lang yan.

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  17. Anjanette Abayari joined group.

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    1. Maging victim din yata si Anjanette dati ni David kaya nag-break sila. I remember Anjanette's old interview wanting her Rolex back from David.

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    2. the couple also sold some of AJ’s properties. nadehado talaga sya sa mga yan

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    3. I know someone currently in this situation. dami nyang property investments before na involved sa isang guy.. ngayon madami padin naman, pero mas naging lowkey sya. ang odd lang..

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  18. Sinayang pagiging ucla grad hindi maghanapbuhay ng matino. Gusto kasi fast money tsk. Keeping up with the Joneses din kasi tong si Jessica.

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    1. Parang di naman nasayang. He and his family were able to live an opulent life for so many years (read the 7th paragraph in this article). Kabayaran na yung 17 years ng buhay niya sa preso. He got what he deserved. Nauna nga lang yung sarap bago hirap.

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    2. 11:42 at the end of the day he is a fraud so sinayang niya ang buhay niya

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    3. No he didn't 12:32. He had a chance to live a life of luxury. Ang sayang is if hindi ka na nga nakatikim ng masarap na buhay tapos nakulong ka pa. Or nagpakahirap ka na nga kakatrabaho pero di mo nakuha lahat ng gusto mo. Gets?

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  19. Akala ko may British citizenship si Bea.

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    1. Sorry wrong post hahahha naligaw me

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    2. Nawawala ka ata accla. Haha

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    3. Tawang tawa ako sis

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    4. Hahaha acclaaa, kaka puyat mo yan sa fp

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  20. Napaka walanghiya pala nitong Bunevacz na ito. He must be very convincing and sweet talker that he amassed that amount of money from investors

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    1. Yup, for sure charmer siya and of course it helps that he’s handsome, a former world competing athlete and showbiz personality. People found him trustworthy.

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  21. For that amount of money, gosh.. you are a leech. You deserve to rot in jail

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  22. Natawa nga ako na nagulat nung may mga article sa kanila how lavish their lifestyle is. Sa pagkakaalam ko kasi scammer yan sila. πŸ˜‚ Kakaib kasi ang name nila kaya madaling tandaan na scammer. Lol

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  23. If I’m not mistaken, the civil liability will redound to levying and garnishing all his communal assets, esp that his scam redounded to the benefit of his family, right?

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    1. 12:38 ikaw na ang magaling sa law jargon. pwede namang sabihing babawiin sa pamilya ang nakulimbat LOL

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    2. Kinatalino mo yan 12:38. Hehe Imbes matuwa, baka nabugahan ka pa ng sopdrinks ng mga tsismosang kausap mo.

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    3. @7:36 PM Ano mali sa sinabi niya? Mga Pilipino talaga ang hilig mag smart shaming eh wala naman sobrang kakaiba sa sinabi niya.

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    4. Highfalutin = pretentious

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  24. Tapos damay din ang step daughter niya sa scam company niya. Parang tinuruan niya maging scammer din. May kaso na rin. Terrible.

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    1. 12:43, yes yung daughter nag sign sa mga documents ng mga fake companies ni David. So lahat sila ng family involved sa scam. Feeling mayaman sila sa CA pero stolen money naman.

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  25. Feeling mga alta kasi hindi naman talaga alta. Kawawa mga naloko nito. Kulang pa yang sentensyang iyan.

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  26. How can the restitution work if wala na silang pera?

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    1. Yung mga assets nila kukunin yun at yung accounts nila most likey frozen na yun

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    2. 12:47, assets ng family ang kukunin. Frozen lahat ang bank accounts & ma auction ng government lahat ng mga seized assets nila.

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    3. yes at once makalaya..yung kita nya dun din pupunta.

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    4. Mukhang madaming nakatago na assets. Public again yung IG and seems they’re not affected

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  27. wow Elizabeth Holmes scammed billions yet sentenced to 11 years…. only…. the guy took million but sentenced 17 years…..

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    1. Yeah. I was wondering about this too.. smh

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    2. if you read the bottom part, David was already on probation yet was still scamming people. hindi natakot

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    3. The difference is David has been a continuous scammer! From the Philippines to America, karma finally caught up and justice has been served! The fact he was still actively committing a crime while on probation shows his blatant disregard for the law and the people he was hurting.

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    4. i came here to comment the same! she scammed high profile people too.

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    5. mas magaling siguro lawyer ni holmes. tsaka depende din kung sinong judge/jury may hawak ng kaso. yung OJ nga fully acquitted dahil sa glove chuchu...

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    6. 1:47 si Elizabeth kasi first offense niya, saka she didn't start out intending to scam people. Itong si David paulit-ulit na. Pati nga yung skin care clinic dito sa Pinas ni-scam nila kaya umalis bigla papuntang US.

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    7. The difference is that Elizabeth Holmes’ victims are the ultra rich eg the Waltons. They may have lost millions but it is nothing compared to their total wealth. On the other hand, many of David’s victims are his friends who’s lives and finances will for sure be significantly affected.

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  28. Just visited his wifes instagram. Jessica is still living a high profile life and always partying. And she has also a instagram account with religious and bible verses.

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    1. Kunwari di affected si wifey di ba.

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    2. True yan. Nag lay low lang tapos mukang back in style na naman

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    3. The audacity of his wife to use God in her posts. Ugh. The daughter and the mom also appeared in e show

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    4. when the news initially came out, Jessice put her insta on private mode, same kay Aika the stepdaughter involved. balik inta na pla ulit si polished woman.

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    5. Kapag May naloko pa ang mga yan eh Sobrang tanga na lang

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    6. Yung puro bukambibig ang about God at Bible verses at post pa nila eh malamang cla pa yung bad. Dami ko kilala na ganyan

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  29. Pwede ba sya makalabas after ilang years for good behavior? Apply for parole?

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    1. But di niya yan first time makulong/maconvict sa US so baka maconsider na sya as a recidivist.

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  30. ang shady talaga nila g mag-asawa!

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  31. Sabi pa ng daughter nila sa e show nila na masaya kung di nagwowork haha ewww mga scammers

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  32. Dba parang involved anak nila sa isang reality show sa E! channel?

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    1. their daughter was previously in a reality show teen model search produced by Yolanda Hadid. Then she/the family is in another reality show now "raising a f*** star

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  33. Hi nko meh chance bagohin ang buhay sa Amerika, ito nag scam ulit. Di kagaya sa Pinas ang America ano ba akala nya?

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  34. i-Netflix na yarn! Gusto ng docuseries!

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  35. Hahaha may pa reality show pa sila ah.

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  36. Cedric Lee was right all along.

    looking at you Vhong.

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  37. Hmm wonder how Jessica and her fam will survive financially considering she doesn’t have a job. Unless they’ve hidden some of the money, she’s going to have to work or find a rich manπŸ‘€

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  38. Mga fraud naman ito dati pa sa Pilipinas pa lang.Di ba nagtayo pa ng clinics yan nalugi.

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