Twelve South Korean nationals wanted in their country for allegedly operating an online business scam will be deported from the Philippines and blacklisted, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday.
BI intelligence operatives arrested the fugitives on Wednesday at the Gramercy Residences in Century City, Makati City, said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
According to the commissioner, the South Korean Embassy reported the presence of the fugitives in the country and sought their return to their home country, where they will stand trial for fraud.
"Their embassy has confirmed that all 12 of them are subjects of arrest warrants issued by various Korean courts where they have been charged with large-scale fraud," Morente said.
The fugitives were identified as Noh Heamin, Park Jeongho, Kim Sun Jang, Lee Hyanglim, Yoon Daseul, Kim Sunghoon, Jeong Miseon, Park Mingyu, Park Youngju, Park Hyunmyeung, Park Chanju, and Lee Hyunho.
South Korean embassy officials told the BI that the group allegedly convinced several of their fellow citizens here and abroad to invest money in bogus Philippine real estate projects.