BI arrests Korean fraudster

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday, arrested a South Korean national wanted in his home country for fraud. BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the Korean as Son Sobeom, 33, who was arrested in Camp Crame, Quezon City last August 20.

The arrest was conducted by the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) in coordination with Korean authorities and the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (PNP-CIDG-ATCU).


Son was subject of a warrant of deportation that the BI issued in 2017 after being tagged as an undesirable and undocumented alien. His passport was reportedly cancelled by the Korean government, and a warrant of arrest was issued against him by the Suwon District Court in 2016, for fraud in violation of the Criminal Act of the Republic of Korea.

He is allegedly a member of a telecom fraud syndicate which operates by posing as bank employees. The scammers would then offer low interest loans via telephone or text messages to unsuspecting victims. The scheme was said to have defrauded over KRW 188,000,000 or almost Php 8,000,000 from their Korean victims.

Son will remain in the CIDG-ATCU’s facility pending deportation proceedings.


BI intercepts Chinese man wanted for theft

Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 intercepted a Chinese man wanted by the courts for theft.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco shared the interception of Lyu Wulong, 32, last August 20.

Lyu attempted to depart on board a Xiamen air flight bound for Quanzhou, China. However, his flight was cancelled hence immigration officers proceeded with the cancellation of his departure in the system.


Upon verification, it was found that Lyu is subject of a Hold Departure Order and a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 108.

Officers immediately arrested Lyu and committed him to the BI’s facility in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation proceedings.

Tansingco said that he ordered an investigation as to how Lyu was able to pass primary inspection despite having an active derogatory record.

“I have ordered our Border Control and Intelligence Unit to check the CCTVs and records to see how he was processed,” said Tansingco.

Tansingco added that cases will be filed against anyone who might have facilitated Lyu’s departure.

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