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South Korean fugitive in D-REX phishing scam deported

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A South Korean fugitive wanted for swindling through voice phishing is set to be deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Friday the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU), armed with a mission order, arrested Kim Youngin, 40, inside his unit at the One Rockwell condominium tower in Makati City last Wednesday.

The mission order was issued by the BI chief after the South Korean Embassy informed the bureau about the fugitive’s crimes that caused the victims to lose more than half a million US dollars.

“He (Kim) no longer holds a valid passport because it was already canceled by the Korean government. He will thus be deported for being an undocumented and undesirable alien,” Morente said in a statement.

South Korean authorities alleged that Kim established and headed a voice phishing organization named “Hoon-yi”, which engaged in telecommunications fraud in Incheon (Korea), Weihai (China), and Cambodia from April 2012 to March 2015.

By pretending to be a counselor of a company called D-REX that offered low-interest loans to prospective customers, Kim and his cohorts reportedly defrauded their victims in the three countries of more than $530,000.

On the other hand, BI-FSU chief Bobby Raquepo said Kim is also an overstaying alien as he failed to extend his stay since he last arrived in the country as a tourist in August 2015.

He added that Kim was issued an arrest warrant by a South Korean court after he was indicted for large-scale fraud and swindling. (PNA)

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