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Friday, September 20, 2019

BI foils entry of South Korean fugitive

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has banned from entering the country a South Korean fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar illegal online gaming business in Cambodia.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Jurng Wook Yi, 56, was placed in BI's blacklist of undesirable aliens after he attempted to enter the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on February 11 aboard a Philippine Airlines flight from Incheon.

Yi was booked on the first flight to Incheon after Immigration officers learned that he was the subject of a red notice from the international police (interpol) due to a criminal case that was filed against him in Korea in 2013.

According to Morente, upon Yi's arrival to Incheon, he was immediately arrested by Korean operatives.

Korean embassy's information has provided that between December 2009 and November 2011, Yi and other operators had opened thousands of illegal gambling websites in Cambodia.

The illegal gambling business reportedly attracts gamblers worldwide to watch live stream casino games: black jack and baccarat being played in several casinos in Cambodia.

Korean investigators revealed that Yi and his accomplices had amassed more than 116 billion Korean won or about US$101 million from an estimated 1.05 trillion Korean won or US$914 billion cash betted by online gamblers.

The BI has recently faced anomalies that stemmed from the arrest of one of the gaming tycoons in the country, Chinese national Jack Lam.

Lam is accused of bribing Immigration commissioners for the release of more than half of his 1,316 undocumented Chinese employees arrested at his illegal online gaming business at the Fontana Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga. (SunStar Philippines)
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