South Korean man nabbed for electronic fraud, set to be deported

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a South Korean national wanted by authorities in Seoul for involvement in electronic financial fraud.

Cybercriminals have many different reasons, methods, and connections to commit cybercrime. (File photo)

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive as 52-year-old Je Hyun Woo, who was arrested in Gen. Trias, Cavite on Wednesday, May 25, by operatives from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU).

Morente said Je will soon be sent back to South Korea as an order for his summary deportation was already issued against him by the BI board of commissioners in 2019.

His passport was canceled by the South Korean government, thus, he is also an undocumented alien.

Information obtained from the Interpol’s national central bureau in Manila revealed that Je is subject of an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the central district court in Seoul on Nov. 1, 2018 where he was charged for violating his country’s electronic financial transactions act.

Je is allegedly a member of a syndicate that lured its victims to open bank accounts and debit cards under the names of paper companies, after which they handed over the means of access to these accounts to third parties who used the same in committing criminal activities.

Korean authorities charged that over 1,070 offenses using the scheme were reported to the police.

Je is presently detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City awaiting his deportation.