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BI deports Japanese wanted for fraud in Tokyo

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A Japanese national wanted by authorities in Tokyo for financial fraud was deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

It was learned from BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco that Risa Yamada, 26, was deported morning of March 17, 2023 on board a Japan Airlines flight to Narita.

Tansigco said that Yamada was initially arrested by the BI’s fugitive search unit headed by Rendel Ryan Sy last January 9 along Roxas Blvd. in Pasay City after being tagged as a fugitive from justice by her government. Yamada, he added, is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Tokyo Summary Court on Sept. 15, 2022 where she was indicted for the crime of theft.

The BI chief said that based on a report from Sy, Yamada conspired with other suspects in stealing the data from the ATM cards of their victims whom they were able to defraud by posing bank employees and police officers.

Yamada is already an undocumented when she was arrested as her passport was already cancelled by the Japanese government, Tansingco said, adding that as a consequence of her deportation, Yamada has been included in the BI’s blacklist, banning her from re-entering the Philippines.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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