Bureau of Immigration nabs overstaying American fugitive

November 14, 2018

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) operatives arrested an 81-year-old American who is not only overstaying but is also wanted by US federal authorities on multiple fraud charges.

In his report to Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI-Fugitive Search Unit Head Bobby Raquepo said Harold Leigh Andrews was arrested in his condominium unit at the East Bay Residences along Sucat Road, Parañaque City, pursuant to a summary deportation order that the BI Board of Commissioners issued last August against him for overstaying in the country and being an undesirable alien, as he is a fugitive from justice.

According to Raquepo, Andrews allegedly hid in the country for more than five years and has not extended his stay since he arrived in Manila in January 2013.

He also said that Andrews is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the grand jury of Baldwin County in Alabama in December 2013.

“We are in close coordination with the US Embassy regarding his case. The US authorities gave us information on his misdeeds. Apart from his immigration violation in the Philippines, he is also wanted in his country where he will stand trial for his crimes,” Raquepo said.

Reportedly, Andrews was indicted on multiple counts of fraud before the said grand jury for which reason he fled to the Philippines to avoid arrest and prosecution.

He will be deported for being an undesirable, overstaying and undocumented alien as he no longer holds a valid passport after it had been revoked by the US government.

Andrews will be sent back to the US as soon as the required clearances for his deportation are secured. He has been placed in the BI’s blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the Philippines once deported.