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Japanese wanted for fraud in Tokyo nabbed by BI

Sato Shohei
Sato Shohei

Operatives from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) nabbed a Japanese national wanted by authorities in Tokyo for involvement in financial fraud.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the fugitive as Sato Shohei, 32, who was arrested last April 24 along Newport Blvd., Pasay City by operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) headed by Rendel Ryan Sy.

Tansingco said the arresting agents were armed with a warrant which he issued pursuant to a summary deportation order that the BI board of commissioners issued against Shohei last February.

“He was ordered deported after the Japanese government sought our assistance in locating and arresting him so he can be deported to his country to stand trial for his alleged crimes,” he said, adding that Shohei was already placed in the immigration blacklist and is thus perpetually barred from re-entering the country for being an undesirable alien.

BI-FSU chief Sy said Shohei was issued an arrest warrant by a summary court in Tokyo where a case for theft was filed against him in October last year.

He said that Japanese authorities allege that Shohei conspired with several other accomplices in stealing money from the bank accounts of victims whose ATM cards they obtained by misrepresenting themselves as police officers or financial service agency representatives.

The fugitive is currently detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City while awaiting deportation, he said.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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