BI nabs prolific South Korean fraudster in Mindanao

Published August 5, 2021, 12:50 PM

by Jun Ramirez

Joint operatives from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have arrested a South Korean national wanted in his own country for large scale fraud.

(Photo from BI Facebook page)

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said 61-year-old Lee Sanghun was apprehended based on the request of Korean authorities that sought his extradition for defrauding a bank of 350 million won, or roughly P25 million.

Lee is also wanted by a court in Jeonju district for his involvement in two bigger fraud cases worth P43 million before fleeing to the Philippines in 1999.

He is also linked to illegal online gambling and mining operations in Mindanao.

Morente said the fugitive has been declared an undocumented alien for staying in the country for more than 20 years.

“As a fugitve he is considered an undesirable visitor and will be deported immediately and permanently banned from returning,” Morente added.