The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its operatives have arrested a Chinese woman wanted by authorities in her country for involvement in a large-scale pyramid investment scam.
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the fugitive as 44-year-old Liu Jing, who was arrested on May 19 at her residence in a subdivision in Biñan, Laguna by operatives from the BI's Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).
BI-FSU operatives arrested Liu on the strength of a mission order from Tansingco who issued the same at the request of the Chinese authorities.
According to Tansingco, the Chinese government has cancelled Liu's passport, thus she is already an undocumented alien who is subject to summary deportation.
She is also an overstaying alien as records showed that she last arrived here as a tourist on December 31, 2019 and never left since then.
“She will thus be deported for being an undesirable, overstaying and undocumented alien,” Tansingco said.
According to BI-FSU Acting Chief Rendel Ryan Sy, Liu is subject of an arrest warrant by the Public Security Bureau in Yongjian District of Handan City in Hubei province, China on May 12, 2021.
She was accused of allegedly organizing and operating pyramid investment schemes through a foreign currency exchange platform, that swindled more than 300,000 Chinese victims whose combined losses amounted to more than US$2.5 million.
Chinese woman wanted for pyramid scam arrested in Laguna – BI
Liu is currently detained at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.
Meanwhile, BI successfully intercepted four trafficking victims at ninoy aquino international airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 last week.
The individuals, consisting of three females and one male, with ages ranging from 20s to 30s, were intercepted after being found to be victimized by an elaborate illegal recruitment scheme.
The BI's swift action was prompted by information from an anonymous source, providing details about the recruitment activities involving the four individuals.
According to the email, they had been deceived and recruited under false pretenses to work in Cambodia's online casino industry.
The passengers initially claimed to be employed in the country, and are traveling abroad for tourism. However, during the investigation, they confessed that they had been unlawfully recruited as telemarketers for an online gaming company, enticed with a promised monthly salary of 800 USD.