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BI arrests two Koreans wanted for fraud in their country

TWO more South Koreans wanted for various crimes in their homeland were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the two were arrested in Imus, Cavite last April 25 in an operation by members of the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) under Rendel Ryan Sy.

Sy identified the two as Bae Byungchan, 37 and Kim Ji Yong, 35, who are both detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.

According to Sy, Byung is the ubject of an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Seoul central district court last April 6 following his indictment on fraud charges.

Byung was reportedly accused of being a member of a voice phishing syndicate which amassed an estimated profit of 260 million won, or roughly US$195,000 from their victims.

The victims were allegedly duped into giving their money due to misrepresentations by the syndicate members that they are financial lenders.

It was learned that Kim is also the subject of a separate arrest warrant issued by the Jeonju district court on charges of drunk driving and for counterfeiting a private document.

“They will be deported to Korea as soon as our board of commissioners issues the order for their summary deportation. They will also be placed in our blacklist and banned from re-entering the country,” Tansingco declared.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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