2 Chinese nat’ls collared for fraud

May 11, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 405 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the arrest of two Chinese nationals wanted by authorities in Beijing for fraud.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitives Sun Feng, 43, and Xia Yaqin, 44, who were arrested on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Laguna, by operatives from the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).

Morente said Sun will soon be sent back to China because an order for his summary deportation was issued against him by the BI’s Board of Commissioners in March 2019.

Information obtained from Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manila revealed that Sun is subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Municipal Public Security Bureau in Jiangyin, China, on Jan. 7, 2012.

He was reportedly charged before the said court for the crime of contract fraud in connection with his involvement in an investment scam when he was a high-ranking officer of a Chinese government-owned bank ten years ago.

Chinese authorities alleged that as director of the bank, Sun swindled his victims of around 145 million Chinese yuan, or roughly US$21.6 million, in a fraudulent high-interest loan scheme.

BI-FSU acting chief Rendel Ryan Sy said that arresting agents chanced upon Xia during the operation, who has yet to undergo deportation proceedings.

She is also wanted for fraud and subject to an arrest warrant issued by the Jiangyin Municipal Public Security Bureau on March 5, 2012.

Sy said Sung and Xia have hidden in the country for more than ten years to evade prosecution for their crimes.

He added that both foreigners are overstaying and undocumented aliens as the Chinese government has already canceled their passports. By Jun I. Legaspi