Immigration agents nab South Korean fugitive

A 54-year old South Korean wanted for swindling in her country was arrested by intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Pampanga late last month.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Eom Jae Hwa was apprehended by operatives of the BI fugitive search unit in Clark Field, Pampanga last July 31 and will be deported back to her home country.

The foreigner was arrested on the strength of a deportation warrant that was issued against the Korean by the BI Board of Commissioners on Dec. 2 last year, for being an undesirable, overstaying, and undocumented alien.

​“This should serve as a warning to other wanted foreign criminals to stop using the Philippines as a sanctuary or refuge. The long arm of the law will catch you and the Bureau of Immigration is leading the charge,” Morente said.

​It was learned that Eom had been hiding in the Philippines for more than five years or since she fled Korea to evade prosecution for her crimes. Her failure to extend her tourist visa and renew her passport classifies her as an illegally staying alien.

​BI spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said the Eom is wanted in connection with the transaction she had entered into on Feb. 28, 2011 with a company in Pohang, South Korea to deliver five sets of bio-diesel production machines to China.

The machines were exported and delivered but Eom allegedly never paid for them as she had promised.

​“She fled to Manila three months later and hid here until her capture last Sunday,” Mangrobang said.

She noted that the fugitive’s arrest became possible after informants tipped BI operatives that she was spotted frequently at the former Clark air base in Angeles City. (FP/Sunnex)
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