BI agents nab Taiwanese fugitive

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a Taiwanese womanwanted by authorities in Taipei for swindling a compatriot of more than US$7 milliondollars two years ago.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the BI’s fugitive searchunit (FSU) identified the fugitive as 31-year-old Li You-Ci, who was arrested last Wednesday in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Li was earlier reported to have been rescued by policemen from kidnappers in Parañaque City.

However, upon check of her records, it was discovered that Li is an alienfugitive wanted in Taiwan. A team of BI-FSU operatives arrested Li on the strength of a mission order thatMorente issued at the request of the Taiwanese authorities.

According to BI-FSU acting chief Rendel Ryan Sy, Li is subject of an outstandingarrest warrant issued in April last year by the Kinmen District Prosecutor’s Office in Taiwan.

Sy said the woman was charged with fraud before the said court for allegedlydefrauding a victim of more than 200 new Taiwan dollars, or more about US$7.1 million,in an investment scam. Li reportedly enticed the victim to invest in a business which turned out to be fakeafter which she absconded with the money and fled to the Philippines.

A check of the BI’s travel database revealed that Li is already an overstaying formore than two years as she had hidden in the country since August 2019 when she lastarrived in Manila as a tourist. He will thus be charged with a deportation case for being an overstaying andundesirable alien, Sy added.