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BI nabs Japanese woman wanted for theft and fraud in Tokyo

Risa Yamada
Photo shows the Japanese woman arrested by BI-FSU for being wanted for theft in Tokyo. (JERRY S. TAN)

A female Japanese national said to be wanted by authorities in Tokyo for involvement in theft and financial fraud was arrested by operatives from the Bureau of Immigration-fugitive search unit (BI-FSU).

In his report to BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, FSU chief Rendel Ryan Sy identified the fugitive as Risa Yamada, 26. She was arrested last January 9, 2023 along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.

Tansingco said he issued a mission order for Yamada’s arrest at the request of Japanese authorities in Manila which sought her deportation to Japan so she could stand trial for her alleged crimes.

Yamada, according to Tansingco, is subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Tokyo Summary Court on September 15, 2022 where she was indicted for theft.

Sy reported that based on information, Yamada conspired with other suspects in stealing the data from the ATM cards of their victims whom they were able to defraud by posing as bank employees and police officers.

Yamada is already an undocumented when she was arrested as her passport was already cancelled by the Japanese government, Sy added.

Currently, Yamada remains at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.

“She will be deported after our board of commissioners issues the order for her summary deportation. She will then be deported and perpetually banned from re-entering the country for being an undesirable alien,” the BI chief said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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