BI set to deport British national for UK fraud

Published June 6, 2018, 4:18 PM

by iManila Developer

By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a British national wanted by authorities in the United Kingdom for large-scale Internet fraud and money laundering.

Bureau of Immigration (Manila Bulletin)
Bureau of Immigration (Manila Bulletin File Photo)

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) arrested on Saturday Calvin Jason Ainsworth, 24, in his residence at the Josefa Country Homes in Banawa, Cebu City.

Morente said that Ainsworth was arrested on the strength of a mission order which was issued at the request of UK’s National Crime Agency which sought the BI’s help in locating and deporting the fugitive.

Morente added that Ainsworth and his brother, Calvin Jason, who is still at large, fled to the Philippines in September 2015 right after they were released on bail.

“It was reported that they continued to profit from their online racket while in the Philippines as their victims’ money was laundered to them via money transfers by their cohorts in the UK,” the BI Chief said.

According to BI intelligence officer and FSU chief Bobby Raquepo, UK authorities suspect that the siblings have already amassed more than 400,000 sterling pounds from their unsuspecting victims through false representations they made via the Internet.

Ainsworth was reportedly convicted in 2012 after he was found guilty of defrauding individuals to whom they sold online non-existent goods via Facebook and
Ebay. The victims’ funds, which were paid via Paypal, were allegedly withdrawn or transferred to the bank accounts of the fraudsters.

“IP addresses, email accounts, phone numbers, and addresses used in the transactions were all traced to the Ainsworth brothers,” Raquepo said.

Ainsworth was detained at the BI Detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending his deportation.