South Korean charged with telco fraud faces deportation

ANOTHER South Korean wanted by authorities in his country for alleged telecommunications fraud is now facing deportation.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) identified the Korean as 42-year-old Jung Inhyeok, who was arrested last June 13, in Barangay Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu.

The arresting agents were armed with a warrant of deportation from BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.

The BI chief issued the warrant pursuant to a summary deportation order that the BI Board of Commissioners issued against Jung last year.

“He will thus be immediately sent back to Korea as he was already ordered deported for being an undesirable, overstaying and undocumented alien,” Morente said.

He added that Jung, whose passport was revoked by the South Korean government, has been placed in the immigration blacklist and banned from re-entering the country.

According to the Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manila, Jung has an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by Seoul western district court on April 16, 2015 for fraud.

He was accused of committing alleged fraud for operating a phone scam syndicate that allegedly defrauded its victims of more than 65 million Korean won, or roughly US$50,500, through voice phishing which they perpetrated by posing as bank officials or sellers at a call center located in Thailand.

A check of his travel record revealed that Jung had hidden in the country since October 27, 2017, when he last arrived in Manila as a tourist.

He will be turned over to the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending his deportation.

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