BI to deport S. Korean wanted for swindling

June 14, 2021 Itchie G. Cabayan 148 views

A SOUTH Korean national wanted by authorities in Seoul for swindling and defrauding four of his compatriots is set to be deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Kim Byunggon, 41, is now detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City following his arrest last June 2 by operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) headed by Bobby Raquepo.

Kim was nabbed inside a mall in Barangay Apas, Cebu City on the strength of a mission order which Morente issued at the request of South Korean authorities.

Raquepo said Kim’s arrest and deportation was pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued against him by a Korean court where he was charged with large-scale fraud.

Based on information obtained from the BI, Kim is the subject of an Interpol blue notice which was issued in March this year upon request of the South Korean government.

Records show that between November 2019 and January 2020, Kim enticed the four victims to invest money in a stock investment firm which he purportedly planned to establish and operate.

He promised the victims that their money would earn an interest aside from their becoming shareholders in the said business.

The victims then transferred to Kim’s bank account their money amounting to nearly 229 million won or roughly US$205,000 after which the latter absconded and fled to the Philippines.

Raquepo said that Kim is an overstaying, undesirable and undocumented alien, due to the revocation of his passport by the South Korean government.

He will be placed in the immigration blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the country.