BI to deport Sokor man wanted for swindling

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a South Korean national wanted by authorities in Seoul for swindling and defrauding four of his compatriots.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the captured alien fugitive as 41-year-old Kim Byunggon, who is now detained at the BI Detention Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Last June 2, operatives from the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) arrested the Korean inside a in Bgy. Apas, Cebu City, on the strength of a mission order which Morente issued at the request of South Korean authorities.

Authorities sought Kim’s arrest and deportation, citing a warrant of arrest issued against him by a Korean court where he was charged with large-scale fraud.

It was learned that Kim is an overstaying alien and also undocumented due to the revocation of his passport by the South Korean government.

“We will thus deport him for being an overstaying, undocumented, and undesirable alien. He will be placed on our immigration to prevent him from re-entering the country,” Morente said.

Information obtained from the BI showed that Kim is the subject of an Interpol blue notice which was issued in March this year upon request of the South Korean government.

BI to deport Sokor man wanted for swindling

Records show that between November 2019 and January 2020, Kim enticed the four victims to invest money in a stock investment firm which he purportedly planned to establish and operate.

He promised the victims that their money would earn an interest aside from their becoming shareholders in the said business.

The victims then transferred to Kim’s bank account their money amounting to nearly 229 million won or roughly $205,000, after which the latter absconded, and fled to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, BI said an alien’s acquittal on a criminal case does not mean he can no longer be  for violation of Philippine immigration .

This was emphasized by the BI when it ruled on the criminal case of a Swiss-Italian national who, despite his court acquittal, was ordered deported by the bureau for being an undesirable alien.

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