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MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a South Korean fugitive wanted in his country for telecom fraud who was intercepted last week at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, Bureau of Immigration port operations division chief Grifton Medina identified the passenger as 31-year-old Jang Minki who was stopped at the NAIA 3 departure area last Feb. 13 as he attempted to board a flight to Osaka, Japan.

Medina said Jang was barred from leaving after the immigration officer who processed him saw that his name is in the Interpol’s list of foreigners who are in possession of invalidated travel documents. “His passport was revoked by the Korean government in November last year after authorities learned that he fled his country to avoid prosecution for his crime,” Medina said, adding that the Korean is now detained at the Bureau of Immigration detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation proceedings. Citing information received from Korean authorities, Medina disclosed that Jang has a standing arrest warrant on charges of engaging in voice phishing operations that victimized many of his compatriots. Described as a form of telecom fraud, voice phishing uses the telephone system to gain access to a person’s private personal and financial information. It is usually used by fraudsters to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals. Morente, meanwhile, hailed the Korean’s arrest as another testament to the success of the Bureau of Immigration’s joint project with the Interpol and other law enforcement agencies abroad in the effort to catch wanted criminals. Morente observed that as a result of the electronic linkage between Bureau of Immigration’s border control system and the Interpol database, immigration officers at the airports already arrested or turned back many foreigners who have criminal and derogatory records. “Consequently, we were not only able to bring these criminals to justice. We also prevented them from using our country as a refuge so they could evade prosecution for their crimes. Besides, their presence here poses a threat to our people’s welfare and safety,” the Bureau of Immigration chief said.

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