THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested two South Koreans involved in large-scale fraud in their country.
BI’s Fugitive Search Unit identified the alien fugitives as Son Hyungjun, 36, and Choi Jong Bok, 40, who were arrested Tuesday, March 15, 2022, during separate operations.
BI-FSU Acting Chief Rendel Ryan Sy said Son was arrested in Angeles City.
The suspect was tagged as a member of the telecommunications fraud syndicate that defrauded its victims of more than 22 million won, or almost US$18,000.
Son, who is subject of an arrest warrant from the Busan District Court in South Korea, and his cohorts allegedly ran their racket from their headquarters in China where they made calls to their victims in South Korea through voice phishing.
On the other hand, Choi was arrested in Porac, Pampanga. He is allegedly wanted for swindling a compatriot of more than P7 million in a fraudulent stock investment scheme.
A warrant for Choi’s arrest was issued by the Nambu District Court in Seoul where he was charged with fraud.
Sy said the passports of the two South Koreans were already revoked. They are now considered undocumented aliens who are liable for immediate deportation.
Both of them are already overstaying as they have been hiding in the country since they last arrived in Pampanga as tourists in 2018.
The two are currently detained at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.
March 17, 2022
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