BI to deport Korean wanted for telco fraud

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of another South Korean wanted by authorities in his country for telecommunications fraud.

In a report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the Bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) identified the Korean as 42-year-old Jung Inhyeok, who was arrested last June 13, in Bgy. Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu.

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The arresting agents were armed with a warrant of deportation which Morente issued pursuant to a summary deportation order that the BI Board of Commissioners issued against Jung last year.

“He will thus be immediately sent back to Korea as he was already ordered deported for being an undesirable, overstaying and undocumented alien,” Morente said in a statement.

He added that Jung, whose passport was revoked by the government, has been placed in the immigration and banned from re-entering the country.

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According to the Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manila, Jung has an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by Seoul western district court on April 16, 2015 for fraud.

He was accused of committing fraud for operating a phone scam syndicate that defrauded its victims of more than 65 million Korean won, or roughly US$50,500, through voice phishing which they perpetrated by posing as bank officials or sellers at a call center located in Thailand.

A check of his travel record revealed that Jung had hidden in the country since October 27, 2017, when he last arrived in Manila as a tourist.

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He will be committed to the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending his deportation.

BI unveils commemorative marker in new building

Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials on Thursday, unveiled a commemorative marker in their new building along Macapagal Blvd. in Pasay City.

The brass marker, which was placed at the entrance of the building, was unveiled in a ceremony led by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, along with other officials of the agency.

The building, Morente said, is expected to be completed soon, and will serve as the Bureau’s new main office.

In his speech, Morente expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for his faith in what the BI can do.

“This new Bureau of Immigration main office building was established as part of our commitment to provide better service to the public,” said Morente. “This project is a testament to the power of focused vision and undaunted dedication to our duty as frontliners to secure our borders, and as professionals who have sworn to serve our country,” he added.

Construction of the building formally started in 2018, in celebration of the BI’s 78th anniversary. The new building boasts a 7-storey main office building with a modern design, and a 5-storey annex building with an atrium, and is a legacy of President Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program.

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