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BI arrests S. Korea’s most wanted fugitive

GOTCHA – Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents present South Korean fugitive Cho Yang Eun (left) to the media at the BI main office in Manila yesterday, after his arrest in Angeles, Pampanga. (Ali Vicoy)

GOTCHA – Bureau of Immigration (BI) agents present South Korean fugitive Cho Yang Eun (left) to the media at the BI main office in Manila yesterday, after his arrest in Angeles, Pampanga. (Ali Vicoy)

Manila, Philippines — Agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested yesterday the most wanted fugitive in South Korea for masterminding several economic crimes.

BI Officer-in-Charge Siefred Mison said Cho Yang Eun was collared after leaving a casino in Angeles, Pampanga.

The South Korean Embassy sought the help of the BI in locating and arresting the fugitive to answer for his crimes.

He was wanted for a string of estafa cases including the use of spurious documents to obtain a $2-million loan from a savings bank.

Mison said the 63-year-old fugitive also heads the biggest Mafia-like crime organization in Korea which operates night clubs and brothel houses.

“The arrest of Cho should serve as a warning to all foreign criminals hiding here that the country is not a haven for them,” Mison said.

“We will find and deport you to step-up the ‘Good Guys In and Bad Guys Out’ campaign,” he said.

Undesirable foreigners will not be allowed to return to the country once they are deported.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirmed the arrest of Cho.

“The Seoul Central District Court has issued a warrant against Cho on charges of fraud,” De Lima said in a text message to reporters.

She said Cho’s passport was revoked by the South Korean government on March 30, 2012.

Eun was the second high profile, South Korean fugitive who went hiding in the country in a span of one year.

Last march, South Korean authorities alerted the Philippine Immigration that $25 million investment scam suspect Park Sung Jun was in the Philippines. Park was placed on the country’s immigration blacklist and ordered deported for being “undocumented and an undesirable alien.”

But despite the alert from South Korean authorities, Park was able to slip pass the BI officer and flew out of the Philippines via the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 and went back to South Korea.

Korean authorities, however, were able to intercept Park at the Seoul International Airport upon his arrival there. (With a report from Leonard D. Postrado)