BI agents nab Japanese fugitive wanted for fraud

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested a Japanese fugitive wanted in Japan for his involvement in a multi-million dollar electronic fund scam. 

In a news release, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said their fugitive search unit (FSU) apprehended Japanese fugitive Keiji Yuasa last Thursday. 

Yuasa, 63, was arrested in Binangonan by virtue of a warrant of deportation, which was signed pursuant to a summary deportation order the BI board of commissioners issued last October 6. 

BI-FSU head Jose Carlitos Licas said a Japanese court had issued an arrest warrant against Yuasa for allegedly embezzling ¥400 million or more than $3.8 million in an electronic scam he perpetrated while working for a Japanese bank.

The foreigner fled to the Philippines last year after he was charged for large-scale fraud to avoid arrest and prosecution for his crime. After which, the Japanese government cancelled Yuasa's passport.

The Japanese fugitive is now detained at the BI detention center in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City while awaiting deportation. (Sunnex)  

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