The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of three South Korean nationals wanted by authorities in their country for operating an illegal gambling site on the Internet.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitives as Kim Jisoo, 31; Park Seunghoon, 37; and Kwon Yoseob, 33; who were arrested on Monday at the Clark Freeport in Angeles City, Pampanga by operatives from the Bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).
Morente said he issued the mission order for their arrest after South Korean authorities informed the BI about their presence in the country, and their status as wanted fugitives, and the ongoing revocation of their passports.
According to BI FSU Chief Rendel Sy, the three are subjects of standing arrest warrants issued last July 31 by a district court in Busan, South Korea.
They were charged before the said court for violating South Korea’s game industry promotion act which penalizes illegal gambling.
Information from the BI revealed that the suspects conspired to establish an online exchange server named “Chong-Al-Money” where they would operate gambling activities. Customers would gain or lose money by betting on the movement or fluctuation of foreign exchange rates.
If convicted, the suspects may be convicted to suffer imprisonment in their country for more than five years and fined 40 million won each.
BI nabs 3 South Korean fugitives wanted for cyber crimes
The three are presently detained at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig pending their deportation.
Last month, BI operatives also arrested a Korean national wanted in his country for phishing.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente lauded members of the BI’s Fugitive. BMSearch Unit (FSU) for the successful arrest of Park Voram, 39, at a hotel building in Mandaluyong.
The operation, which was coordinated with both local and Korean authorities, yielded Park, who is an undocumented alien and is wanted in Korea for fraud in violation of Article 347-(1) of the Criminal Act of Korea.
According to BI FSU Chief Rendel Sy, they received information from South Korea of Park’s standing arrest warrant issued by the Gwangju District Court.
Park is reportedly a member of a large-scale voice phishing organization who deceived thousands of victims by pretending to be a loan officer in a financial institution. Damages attributed to him amount to over 4B KRW or more than 171M pesos.