Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents arrested James Edward Booyer III, 36, this past January 24, 2019. Booyer, according to a BI website Press Release on January 31, is alleged to be the ringleader of a pyramiding scam syndicate. “Ex-Bulls” Forward Busted in Davao Pyramiding Scam.” The con artist never played for the Bulls. The NBA reports his status as “undrafted.”
Nabbed at the luxurious Fairlanes Subdivision in Damosa District, Davao City. Hunted down at the request of Davao City Sara Duterte. Sara Duterte is of course, the daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Mayor Duterte’s office has received numerous complaints from victims of the syndicate that defrauded them of large sums of money.
The Loathsome Scam Revealed
Here’s a breakdown of the pyramid scam the American was allegedly operating:
Booyer and his accomplices reportedly formed several nongovernment organizations, NGOS, which were used as fronts in their swindling activities.
One of the victims said that she and several other people were each asked to pay a P300 membership fee, six US dollars to one of the NGOs. In return, they could receive P50,000, $1,000 worth of groceries after two months.
Other victims shelled out P650 each, $13, to the group after also being promised P50,000 worth of groceries, P35,000 cash, $700, and a motorcycle.
Alright, let me stop right here and make some editorial comments.
The scammer evidently knew more ways to take your money than a roomful of lawyers. However, who in their right mind thinks that investing six US dollars in a membership fee will bring a return of $1,000 worth of groceries in just two months.
Furthermore, the 650 peso investment, which promised P50,000 worth of groceries, P35,000 cash, $700, and a motorcycle is even more mind-boggling.
Dear Readers, this is beyond the mortal comprehension of The Crusty Old Expat.
But wait, there’s more!
Another report also revealed that Booyer and his gang also deceived several members of the Lumad tribe in Davao. Tribe members were promised that their lands would be explored for mineral deposits if they paid professional fees to the scammers
Charges are pending against Booyer and his cohorts.
As for Booyer, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the former would be detained at the BI pending the filing of criminal cases against him in court, stressing that “he will be deported after he is convicted and has served his sentence.”
Booyer has been overstaying in the country for more than two years. He has failed to extend his stay since he arrived last August 2016.
Ex Bulls-Claims Balderdash
Research on Booyer’s claims that he was a power forward for the Chicago Bulls seem to be more B.S. on his part.
Here’s what one search regarding that claim revealed:
A James Booyer born on 04/11/1982 was NEVER DRAFTED INTO THE NBA according to this graphic from the NBA website. Is this the same Booyer arrested in Davao? Well, the date of birth matches the suspect’s current age of 36.
Also, here’s what Wikipedia had to say when I did a Google search of James Booyer:
Booyer may have played for the Chicago Throwbacks. The Throwbacks were a team of the Premier Basketball League that began play in fall 2007. Their home arena was Attack Athletics on Chicago’s West Side.
They were originally part of the American Basketball Association for the first part of the 2007–08 season.
Did Booyer ever play for the Chicago Bulls? Don’t see it.
Is he a con artist? Sure looks like it.