Korean fugitive held at NAIA

February 21, 2020

A South Korean fugitive wanted in his country for telecom fraud was intercepted last week at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel.

BI port operations division chief Grifton Medina identified the passenger as Jang Minki, 31.  He was stopped at the NAIA 3 departure area last February 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 and saw that his name is in the Interpol’s list of foreigners who are in possession of invalidated travel documents.

Jang’s passport, Medina said, was revoked by the Korean government in November last year after authorities learned that he fled his country to avoid prosecution for his crime.  He is now detained at the BI detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation proceedings.

Meantime, 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.