Another business affirms alleged scam

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Another photography business owner is alleging that Roy Jacinto and Ivan Lanuza used his business to swindle customers.

Steve Jang, owner of Saipan Photo and previous owner of Rainbow Colors, filed a police report against Jacinto and Lanuza yesterday for staging a project contract using his business name despite not being affiliated with them.

In an interview with Jang yesterday, he said he was contacted by one of the alleged victims, Maria Camacho, about a contract she had with Saipan Photos regarding a wedding shoot.

Jang said he knew right away that the contract was fake because Jacinto and Lanuza were not his employees and the logo used in the contract was not his because his company does not have a logo.

“They were sitting right here in my café. This was a premeditated crime and that’s what makes me very upset,” he said.

Jang said that he was planning to hire Jacinto and Lanuza despite learning that they were terminated from Island Image and Motion CNMI. Jang said he was just waiting for them to show him their CW-1 that they said were valid, under an agency they worked for, but they never did.

Jang clarified that he and his company is not, and never was, affiliated with Jacinto and Lanuza.

The only business they had together, according to Jang, was a contract he drew up when Jacinto approached him to borrow some photography equipment.

Jang said he did not know what the equipment was going to be used for, but because he knew Jacinto for years and trusted him, he let him borrow his equipment for free.

Jacinto did return the equipment prior to skipping the island, according to Jang.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, Jacinto and Lanuza duped customers using Island Image and Motion CNMI up until business owner Jojo Alepuyo discovered what they were doing and immediately terminated them.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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