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Korean fugitive deported, flown back to Seoul

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deported a South Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for illegally operating an online gambling site and earning a whopping US$43 million in just three years.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the deportee as Park Junyoung, who was flown back to his country aboard a Jeju Air flight bound for Incheon, Seoul at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

Morente said Park was expelled pursuant to a summary deportation order that the BI board of commissioners issued against him two years ago for being an undesirable alien and violating the conditions of his stay in the country.

“He is now in the custody of authorities in South Korea where he is wanted for stand trial for his alleged crimes.  We have also placed him in our blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the Philippines,” the BI chief added.

A warrant for his arrest was  issued by the Busan district court in South Korea where he is charged with violating his country’s law against illegal gambling.

Reports revealed that between February 2016 and April 2019,  Park and his accomplices set up online gambling sites which enabled customers to bet on the results of local and international sports competitions.

Users of the sites were instructed to deposit their monies in a designated bank account before they could gamble by predicting the outcome of sports contests.

The suspects allegedly charged cyber money to their gamblers which enabled the former to earn huge profits as the said gaming sites attracted large numbers of customers in South Korea.

Investigators placed the amount of profits the suspects gained from their illegal operations at more than 50.3 billion won or roughly US$43 million. 

Topics: Bureau of Immigration , South Korea , fugitive , Jaime Morente
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