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Taiwanese fugitive wanted for fraud nabbed by BI

A Taiwanese man wanted by authorities in Taipei for large-scale fraud was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the fugitive, identified as Yin Chih Chou, 40, was arrested on May 11 inside a condominium unit along Adriatico Street in Ermita, Manila.

It was learned that operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) under Rendel Ryan Sy arrested Chou by virtue of a mission order which was issued by Tansingco on the request of the Taiwanese authorities.

Tansingco added that Chou will also be deported for overstaying and for being an undocumented alien as his passport was already revoked by the Taiwanese government. He reportedly last arrived here on July 19, 2018 and never departed since then.

Sy, citing information obtained from the TECO, said an arrest warrant for fraud was issued against Chou by the Taiwan Hsinchu district prosecutor’s office two months before he fled to the Philippines.

Chou allegedly enticed his victims to give him money which he would purportedly use to buy fine goods and luxury items at bargain prices and reportedly received the victims’ money via dummy accounts opened by Chou which he then pocketed and absconded with.

Chou is presently detained at the BI’s holding facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.

“He will be deported as soon as our board of commissioners issues the order for his summary deportation. He will then be included in our blacklist and perpetually banned from re-entering the Philippines,” said Tansingco.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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