BI to send home South Korean swindler

Published June 14, 2021, 11:36 AM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is deporting a South Korean national wanted in his country for swindling and defrauding four of his compatriots.

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Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 41-year-old Kim Byunggon was arrested on June 2 by operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) inside a mall in Cebu City on the strength of a mission order.

Morente issued the mission order at the request of South Korean authorities.

Korean police sought Kim’s arrest and deportation based on a warrant of arrest issued by a Seoul court where he was charged with large-scale fraud.

“We will deport him for being an overstaying and undesirable alien. He will be placed on our immigration blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the country,” Morente said.

Information showed that Kim was the subject of an Interpol blue notice, which was issued in March 2021, again at the request of the South Korean government.

Records showed that between November 2019 and January 2020, Kim enticed the four victims to invest money in a stock investment firm that he purportedly planned to establish and operate.

The victims then transferred to Kim’s bank account nearly 229 million won or roughly US$205,000. The latter absconded and fled to the Philippines after this.