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Korean wanted for telco fraud in his country arrested at NAIA

Jeon Jihoon
BI-NAIA agents nab Korean Jeon Jihoon wanted for telco fraud. (JERRY S. TAN)

A South Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for involvement in telecommunications fraud was arrested by Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.

BI-Border Control and Intelligence Unit (BCIU) chief Dennis Alcedo, in his report to BI Comissioner, Norman Tansingco, identified the fugitive as Jeon Jihoon, 37, who was intercepted on June 2 at the NAIA terminal 1 after he arrived via a China Eastern Airways flight from Shanghai, China.

It was learned from Joseph Cueto, BI-BCIU deputy chief for operations, that the said Korean was arrested after the BI officer who processed him noticed that the passenger’s name is in the Interpol hit list of wanted foreign fugitives.

“After conferring with the BI Interpol unit, the immigration supervisors on duty were able to confirm the Jeon and the person whose name registered a hit in the Interpol database are one and the same,” Alcedo said.

Alcedo said that based on the Interpol’s national central bureau (NCB) in Manila, Jeon was charged with telecom fraud before the Busan district court in South Korea which issued a warrant for his arrest on Feb. 24 last year.

Alcedo said Jeon is accused of allegedly being a member of a voice phishing syndicate that impersonates himself as agents of financial institutions in making random calls to other victims who are promised with huge returns on their money.

Hundreds of victims were reportedly lured into the scheme and enticed to deposit money, totalling more 4.5 billion won or roughly US$3.5 million, into the syndicates’ bank accounts.

Jeon was brought to the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig pending deportation proceedings.

Tansingco has ordered that the Korean immediately undergo deportation proceedings for being an undesirable alien, so he could be sent back to Korea to stand trial for his alleged crime.

He will then be placed in the immigration blacklist which will perpetually ban him from entering the Philippines.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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