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BI collars Korean ‘swindler’ in CDO

April 21, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 282 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the arrest in Mindanao of a South Korean national wanted by authorities in Seoul for “swindling” a compatriot in a fraudulent sale transaction.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the alien fugitive as Park Sang Hyun, 63, who was arrested on April 19 in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental by operatives from the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).

Tansingco said the arresting agents were armed with a warrant of deportation, which he issued pursuant to a deportation order that the BI Board of Commissioners issued against the Korean in November last year.

“He will be deported as soon we have obtained the required clearances for his departure. Consequently, he is perpetually banned from re-entering the Philippines due to his inclusion in our immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens,” the BI chief added.

BI-FSU acting chief Rendel Ryan Sy said Park is the subject of an arrest warrant issued in 2019 by a district court in Incheon.

He was charged before the said court with “fraud” for allegedly defrauding another Korean in 2017 of more than US$61,000.

Park was accused of reneging on his promise to deliver to the victim surplus clothes that the latter intended to resell online.

“He is also an undocumented alien as a result of the cancellation of his passport by the Korean government,” Sy said.

The suspect will be detained at the BI’s facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City while awaiting his deportation to Korea, said the official. By JUN I. LEGASPI & HECTOR LAWAS