Korean wanted for swindling nabbed in Pampanga

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    A SOUTH Korean wanted in his country for swindling was apprehended by immigration agents in Angeles City, Pampanga Thursday last week.

    Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Lee Beomseok was arrested by agents from the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit at the request of South Korean authorities, who said Lee is the subject of a criminal investigation for fraud in his country.

    “He is also the subject of an Interpol notice issued in March last year and he is already an undocumented alien due to the revocation of his passport by the South Korean government,” Morente said.

    Lee is detained at the BI detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City pending his deportation.

    “He will be placed in the immigration blacklist and banned from re-entering the Philippines,” Morente said.

    Information provided by South Korean authorities showed that sometime in September 2013, Lee received 25 million won or about $22,000 from his first victim, who was persuaded to lend money for his alleged restaurant business.

    The following year, Lee enticed another victim to lend him 280 million won, roughly $248,000, which the victim transferred to Lee’s bank account.

    But he failed to pay his victims and fled South Korea after learning that criminal complaints have been filed against him.