2 Korean fugitives face deportation

TWO South Korean nationals wanted in their country for telecom fraud are set to be deported by the Bureau of ImmigrationImmigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the alien fugitives as Kim Youngsoo, 38, and Choi Youngsoo, 38.

Fugitives Search Unit FSU Operatives serve the warrant of deportation issued by Morente on Valentine’s Day in their residence in Bgy. Baudago, Angeles City.

According to FSU acting chief Rendel Ryan Sy, a deportation order against Kim and Choi was already issued by the BI board of commissioners in 2015 after the South Korean authorities informed the bureau about their crimes.

Records show that the duo are already overstaying, having arrived together in Manila on Dec. 13, 2015 as temporary visitors. Their passports have likewise been canceled already by their government, making them undocumented aliens.

Information provided by the Interpol’s national central bureau (NCB) in Manila revealed that both Kim and Choi are subjects of arrest warrants issued by the Busan district court in South Korea.

They were charged with conspiring with three other suspects in running a voice phishing operation from Bangkok, Thailand from March to June 2015 which preyed on many of their compatriots in Manila.

The suspects allegedly hacked the computers and obtained personal information about their victims to whom they made telephone calls by pretending that they are bank officers.

Combined losses incurred by the victims reportedly amounted to more than 196.5 million won or roughly US$164,000. Both aliens are presently detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending the implementation of the deportation order against them.