Bureau of Immigration nabs 2 South Korean fugitives

TWO South Koreans wanted by authorities in Seoul for illegally operating an online gaming operation in the Philippines that has reportedly victimized many of their compatriots were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

The two foreign fugitives were identified as Lee Jongjin, 28 and Chae Kwangbeom, 40.  They were both nabbed Thursday, during an operation by the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) under Bobby Raquepo in Angeles City, Pampanga.

It was learned that the two Koreans were inside their residence at the Clark Hills Subdivision in Angeles City when they were served a mission order.                           

Raquepo said that Lee and Chae are subjects of arrest warrants issued by the Busan district court in Korea where they were charged for violating their country’s game industry promotion act. Said charges stemmed from their alleged operation of three private online servers in Angeles City after falsifying the interface adapter of a registered online game called “Lineage 1”.

“Lineage 1,” which was manufactured by NC Soft Corporation, is very popular among Koreans and these enabled the suspects to receive huge sums of cash from unsuspecting subscribers by converting their game money called “adena,” Raquepo explained.

It was learned that both Lee and Chae arrived in the country in July and August last year, respectively and that they reportedly started operating their online racket in January this year.

Raquepo said BI-FSU agents are on the manhunt for two other Koreans who are alleged to be cohorts of Lee and Chae and are believed to be still in the country and in hiding.

Meantime, Lee and Chae will be deported for being undocumented aliens, as their passports were already cancelled by the Korean government and they are also classified as undesirable aliens for being fugitives from justice who pose a risk to public safety and security.