MANILA - He walked into his own arrest.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday arrested a Korean national wanted on fraud charges in his home country after he tried to extend his visa so he could remain in the Philippines.
Sa Duckhwan, 50, of South Korea, was arrested by Immigration agents at the BI field office in Dasmariñas, Cavite as he applied for an extension of his tourist visa.
Sa was "apparently unaware that he was recently placed in the immigration watchlist for being a fugitive from justice," said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente in a statement.
The head of BI's Dasmariñas office contacted the bureau's fugitive search unit after the suspect's name was found on its derogatory list.
Morente said the South Korean Embassy in Manila had asked the BI to place the suspect on its watchlist last month.
“Korean authorities alleged that Sa was involved in a voice phishing scam wherein he pretended to be a bank officer who randomly called his victims to solicit money for a pooled investment fund,” the BI said.
“He was able to allegedly entice his victims to deposit money to his account on the pretext that the money would be used to provide loans to other individuals at low interest rates, and thus earn a profit," it said.
The bureau said the Korean court has a warrant of arrest for the suspect “due to his indictment on fraud charges.”
The suspect is expected to be deported to Seoul.
The bureau’s legal division has filed immigration violation charges against the suspect for “posing a risk to public safety and for being an undesirable alien.”