David Bunevacz Biography

David Bunevacz is a Filipino American businessman who formerly competed in the decathlon. He was born on December 20, 1968.


Early life 

Joseph Bunevacz, who is of Hungarian and American descent, and Filomena Ismaela, who is of Filipino descent, raised Bunevacz in Torrance, California. Bunevacz is their son. His father, who was a track and field instructor, coach, and teacher, was an essential part of Bunevacz's preparation for the arduous multi-platform decathlon that he went on to compete in.

Athletic career 

In the years 1983 to 1987, Bunevacz was a student at the Paraclete High School located in the city of Lancaster in the state of California. He took part in track and field competitions and started preparing for a decathlon at the same time. He continues to hold the records for the high hurdles, the high jump, and the long jump at the school. Additionally, David was victorious in the high jump competition at the Arco Jesse Owens National Track and Field Championship.

Throughout high school and college, Bunevacz trained in a broad variety of track and field sports, including high hurdle, high jump, long jump, javelin throw, shot put, 400 meters, discus throw, and pole vault. He was a diverse athlete who excelled in a wide range of track and field events.

1988 was the year when Bunevacz began his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. During his time at UCLA, he was a member of the track and field team for the Bruins, and he rose through the ranks to become team captain. He broke the previous record for the javelin throw at the institution. At the age of 21, he had already set a new personal record for the decathlon, with 7,316 points. [5] 1991 was the year that Bunevacz was crowned champion of the Pacific-10 Conference. He underwent surgery for an injury to his spine that he sustained while lifting weights, but the injury did not have any long-term effects on him. [source: missing citation] In 1993, he received his degree from UCLA in Business Management and Sociology. His major was in Sociology.

After completing his education, Philip Juico, who was serving as the head of the Philippine Sports Commission at the time, approached Bunevacz about the possibility of representing the Philippines in a variety of international athletic competitions, including the Southeast Asian Games. His best events were the throws, and the javelin throw in particular was one of his favorites. At the Rizal Memorial Stadium, he participated in a class where he threw a javelin from a standing start that was only a few meters away from breaking the current Philippine record. After the first medalists in his event at the South East Asian Games (SEAG) were found to have failed drug tests, he was awarded the gold medal in that competition in 1997.

Legal and criminal cases 

Attorney James Robert Moriarty and The X-Law Group filed a lawsuit against Bunevacz and his father Joseph Bunevacz in the Los Angeles Superior Court for an amount that was greater than ten million dollars on behalf of ticket reseller Gene Hammett and Action Seating Inc. In his legal filings, Hammett said that David Bunevacz had misrepresented the event and sold him 17,000 tickets to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver that were never held. Hammett claimed that the Bunevacz's misled him into believing that the tickets were from many National Olympic Committees and their official ticket agents in Europe. Hammett made this claim in his lawsuit against the Bunevacz family.   After three years of litigation, a settlement that would remain private was finally struck.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed a nine-count Felony Complaint against Bunevacz on August 23, 2016. The complaint alleged that Bunevacz committed felony violations of the Penal Code section 487(a) [Grand Theft], felony violations of the Corporations Code section 25110-25540(a) [Unlawful Sale of Securities], and felony violations of the Corporations Code section 25401-25540(b) [Fraudulent and Prohibited Securities

Bunevacz entered a plea of “No Contest” to Charges 5 and 6 of the Felony Complaint on March 22, 2017, and as a result, he was found guilty on those counts. He was also had to perform 300 hours of community service in addition to his three years of formal probation and 360 days in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Bunevacz was arrested on April 5, 2022, after a complaint charging him with one count of wire fraud was filed against him on March 30, 2022. The complaint was filed on April 5, 2022. Bunevacz is accused of providing investors with forged documents for a number of businesses, including “CB Holding Group Corp.” and “CaesarBrutus LLC,” among others, which he claimed were involved in the sale of vape pens containing cannabis products such as CBD oil and THC. Bunevacz is also accused of providing investors with forged documents for his own business, “CB Holding Group Corp.” These documents included of bank statements, invoices, and purchase orders, and their purpose was to back his assertions of the performance of the enterprises and the requirement of further funding from investors. On July 18, 2022, Bunevacz entered a guilty plea to the charges of one count of wire fraud as well as one count of securities fraud. Both of these offenses entail a maximum possible sentence of twenty years in jail under the law.   On November 21, 2022, the court imposed against Bunevacz a term of 17 years and six months in a federal prison.

Personal life 

He married Filipino actress, model and author Jessica Rodriguez in October 2000. The family resides in Los Angeles with their three children Hayca, Grant and Breana Bunevacz