Korean held in Pampanga a swindling fugitive

December 09, 2018

THE Bureau of Immigration yesterday said a Korean arrested in Pampanga recently was a convicted swindler who fled to the Philippines a year ago to evade jail sentence.

In a report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Chong Won Sok, 48, was arrested on Nov. 27 at the Clark Freeport zone in Angeles City by the BI Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) headed by Bobby Raquepo for being an undocumented alien.

Raquepo said Chong hid in the country since March last year while the fraud charges against him was on-going. On May 29, a Korean court sentenced Chong to one year in prison and was the subject of an Interpol notice after he fled to the Philippines.

Chong was convicted for swindling nearly 35 million won from a compatriot in August 2016 by making his victim believe he could work out a 2.2 billion loan for the latter’s housing construction project.