2 wanted S. Koreans nabbed

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    TWO South Koreans wanted for fraud and other crimes in their country have been apprehended by immigration authorities in separate operations in Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal.

    First to fall was 56-year-old Ban Jaeyob, who was arrested by operatives from the Bureau of Immigration’s Fugitive Search Unit and the PNP-CIDG in a condominium building in Ortigas Center, Pasig City last Tuesday.

    Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Ban was the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea last year for fraud, illegal confinement, counterfeiting and extortion.

    On Wednesday, Morente said 55-year old Bang Yoonjik was nabbed in Cainta by the bureau’s FSU operatives.

    Bang was the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by the Seoul Seobu District Court in August last year for posing as a financial institution counselor of a call center where he was able to defraud his victims of 88 million won or about P3 million pesos.

    “Apart from being wanted fugitives, they are considered as undocumented aliens as their passports are already being revoked by Korean authorities. We will not allow these fraudster to use the country to escape their crimes,” Morente said.

    The two are temporary being held at the BI detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig city pending their deportation.

    Of the 55 foreign fugitives arrested and deported to their respective countries last year, 26 were South Koreans, according to BI record.