By Ferdinand Patinio

South Korean fugitive You Hyun Tea. (Photo courtesy of BI)

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport a man wanted by South Korean authorities for involvement in financial fraud.

Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the fugitive as 53-year-old You Hyun Tea, who was collared in his residence at Cordova, Cebu on June 4 by the BI’s fugitive search unit.

“He was arrested on the strength of a deportation warrant that was issued pursuant to the said deportation order. He was also included in our immigration blacklist which perpetually barred him from re-entering the Philippines,” the BI chief said in a news release on Friday.

A warrant for You’s arrest was issued by the Mokpo branch of the Gwangju District Court on Feb. 15, 2020, after he was indicted for fraud and violation of Korea’s electronic financial transactions act.

South Korean authorities alleged that he conspired with other suspects in running an illegal online sports gambling, which they used to solicit money from victims who were promised huge profits and dividends on their investments.

The syndicate’s earnings reportedly amounted to more than 110 million won, or roughly USD80,000.

The foreigner is currently detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City while awaiting deportation based on a BI order issued in 2021.

The suspect is an undocumented alien after the South Korean government revoked his passport.

You arrived in the Philippines on May 30, 2003 and has never departed since.

“This time, we will make sure that this overstaying alien and wanted fugitive is deported to his country so he can stand trial and be made to pay for his alleged crimes,” Tansingco said. (PNA)