South Korean Fugitive Wanted for Telco Fraud Nabbed in NAIA

South Korean Man Arrested in NAIA for Being Wanted for Telco Fraud

Police authorities arrested a South Korean man who is allegedly wanted for telco fraud at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

A South Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in his home country for involvement with telecommunications fraud was apprehended by BI agents at the NAIA. According to the BI report, the fugitive’s name is Jeon Jihoon, 37.

South Korean Wanted NAIA

The BI’s Border Control and Intelligence Unit (BCIU) at the NAIA intercepted the suspect at NAIA Terminal 1 after he arrived from Shanghai, China, according to a report to Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco. The Korean was apprehended by BI employees when the officer who processed him saw that the passenger’s identity was on the Interpol hit list of sought foreign fugitives.

 “After conferring with the BI Interpol unit, the immigration supervisors on duty were able to confirm the Jeon and the person, whose name registered a hit in the Interpol database, are one and the same,” Cueto said.

Jeon was eventually transferred to the BI Warden Facility in Taguig’s Camp Bagong Diwa for deportation proceedings. Tansingco reportedly ordered that the Korean be deported immediately for being an undesirable alien so that he might be returned to Korea to stand trial for his claimed crime.

He will subsequently be placed on the immigration blacklist, thereby barring him from ever returning to the Philippines. Jeon was accused of telecom fraud before the Busan District Court in South Korea, which issued a warrant for his arrest on February 24 last year, according to Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manila.

He is suspected of being a member of a voice phishing syndicate that impersonates himself as financial institution agent in making random calls to other victims who are promised enormous returns on their money. Hundreds of victims were allegedly duped into participating in the scheme and induced to deposit money.

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