Korean telco fraudster set for deportation, says BI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday, June 3, that it will deport shortly a South Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for involvement in telecommunications fraud.

Bureau of Immigration

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) identified the fugitive as 48-year-old Song Chaehyok, who was arrested on Thursday inside a luxury condominium suite in Taguig City.

The arresting agents were armed with a summary deportation order that the BI board of commissioners issued against the Korean in 2018 for being an undesirable alien.

FSU chief Rendel Ryan Sy said Song is subject of an Interpol red notice issued in 2018 after he was charged with fraud before a district court in Jeonju, South Korea.

Sy said Song is accused of being a member of a syndicate engaged in voice phishing racket defrauding its victims of some 5.8 billion won, or roughly US$4.6 million from 2015 to 2016.

The victims were enticed to remit their money to the syndicate’s bank accounts as the phone callers pretended to be bank officers soliciting investments from the public.

Song is currently detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending his deportation.