Immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. (PNA photo)

A Korean fugitive wanted in his country for swindling millions from his victims was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before his departure back to South Korea.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jang Hong-suk was arrested at the NAIA 3 terminal as he was about to board an Air Asia flight to Seoul, according to Bureau of Immigration (BI) port operations division chief Grifton Medina. Jang was brought to the BI Detention Center in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Lawyer Rommel Tacorda, BI-NAIA border control and intelligence unit chief, said Jang arrived in the country last Feb. 10, nearly six months after he committed his alleged crimes in Korea.  He was included in the BI’s passenger alert list after the Korean embassy informed the bureau about his presence in the country. Tacorda said Interpol issued a red notice on the fugitive only last month.

“He seemed to not know that he was already in our alert list of wanted foreign fugitives when he booked his flight,” Medina said. 

Based on information from Seoul authorities, Jang allegedly conspired with other suspects in defrauding three victims of more than 8.2 million won or more than $6,700 sometime in August last year.

He allegedly introduced himself to the victims as a financial investment advisor.  He would then entice his victims to transfer money to his and his accomplices’ bank accounts.

He will be immediately deported as soon as the order for his summary deportation from the BI board of commissioners has been issued.  (Rommel F. Lopez)