The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested three of South Korea’s most wanted bosses of a syndicate that operated an online scam and victimized thousands of their compatriots, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente boasted.
“They will be deported to face the cases against them in Korea, and their names shall likewise remain in our blacklist, which effectively bans their re-entry in the country,” Morente said in a statement.
The BI chief identified those arrested as Jung Myunghun, 38, the alleged top leader of the syndicate;; Yu Daewoong,;38, and Kang Wesung, 36.
The three were arrested last April 13 in Paranaque City and Pantabagan, Nueva Ecija during joint operations conducted by the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) and the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
The BI said Korean authorities sought the assistance of the agency in locating and arresting the three whose passports have been revoked and, thus, making them undocumented aliens.
Criminal records of the three show that since July 2014 they have perpetrated an online scam by uploading and advertising items on online second-hand markets, duping victims into purchasing products which turned out to be non-existent.
Korean authorities, so far, uncovered almost 2,600 cases wherein victims have been defrauded by the suspects who were able to rake in from the scam more than 10 billion won or close to US$9 million.