China’s most wanted falls in Manila-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the arrest of one of China’s most wanted fugitives who is allegedly involved in a multi-million pyramid investment scam and illegal gambling activity.
Zhang Fuhui, 26, was apprehended last Sunday inside a unit at the Solex II building, along Soler Street in Manila.
The BI Board of Commissioners last January 21 issued a deportation order against Zhang for being an undesirable alien.
According to BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred Mison, the foreigner's arrest and deportation was requested by the Chinese Embassy, which informed the bureau about an arrest warrant that was issued against Zhang by police authorities in China. Zhang and his accomplices were charged with economic crimes at Huai An City, Jiangsu Province.
Chinese authorities have alleged that sometime in April 2012, Zhang conspired with other suspects in setting up a pyramiding firm called "Bao Ma" that advertised its business and amassed huge profits through its website.
The scheme reportedly lured an estimated 40,000 Chinese victims whose combined losses amounted to at least 1.482 billion yuan or 242 million US dollars.
The suspects, a few months later allegedly opened another website that invited gamblers to bet in its online games, where they managed to lure more than four thousand online gamblers whose total bets reached more than 61 million yuan and from which the suspects earned more than 6.3 million yuan in profits.
On the other hand, lawyer Jose Carlitos Licas, BI Acting Intelligence Chief, said they will send Zhang back to China as soon as the BI secures the required clearances for his deportation.
He added that the fugitive will be barred from returning to the Philippines after he was placed in the immigration blacklist.
Meanwhile, Mison disclosed that two other Chinese nationals, Huang Zhen Xue and Liu Ying, were also arrested along with the fugitive for failure to present their travel documents. (FP/Sunnex)