MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday said it is deporting four foreigners who are all wanted for fraud by authorities in their respective countries.
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said these individuals, three Chinese nationals and one Korean, were arrested in separate operations launched in the cities of Manila and Pasay by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU).
The three Chinese nationals were identified as Lin Wengao, 41; Zhang Sen, 38; and Zhang Gaosheng, 39.
The BI said the trio was arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest issued by the Chinese government for alleged involvement in economic crimes.
Citing information from the Chinese embassy in Manila, Morente said the three Chinese nationals conspired to forge a seal of a hospital in China as a result of which they managed to defraud their victims of more than 10 million RMB or nearly US$1.5 million.
Investigation revealed that the three aliens arrived separately in the country last year as tourists.
All of them are undocumented aliens as their passports were already canceled by the Chinese government, he added.
Meanwhile, Morente also bared the arrest of Korean national Woo Yong Wook, 45, who is also wanted for fraud by authorities in Seoul.
FSU agents arrested Woo on Friday, January 10 in Malate, Manila pursuant to a warrant of deportation issued against him by the BI board of commissioners.
Woo was ordered deported after the Korean authorities informed the BI that he is wanted for allegedly masterminding a fraudulent investment scheme wherein the victims lost more than a billion Won.
“We will deport them immediately and they will be included in our blacklist to make sure that they won’t return to the Philippines,” Morente said.
BI FSU chief Bobby Raquepo said that the four were the first batch of fugitives to be arrested in 2020.
In 2019, the BI said it arrested more than 400 alien fugitives hiding in the country.