2 S. Korean brothers wanted for fraud nabbed in Cebu


MANILA — Immigration authorities arrested two South Korean siblings wanted by authorities in Seoul for swindling in Cebu.

In a statement Tuesday, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said Choi Sunghyun, 32, and Choi Sungmin, 35, were apprehended in their house along A.S. Fortuna St. in Mandaue City by the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) agents last April 6.

They will be sent back to South Korea as soon as the BI board of commissioners issues the order for their summary deportation.

He noted that the Choi brothers are subjects of red notices from the Interpol as they are both wanted by the South Korean police for fraud.

Based on information provided by the South Korean embassy, between February and April 2011, Sunghyun received from his victim a total of 360 million won on eight different occasions.

He allegedly promised the victim that his money would earn a 3-percent profit once it is invested in his business.

On the other hand, Sungmin is wanted for defrauding and enticing his victims to invest USD40,000 in a non-existent business venture.

Instead of returning the money, he used it to settle debts he owed to other individuals.

BI-FSU chief Bobby Raquepo disclosed that the South Korean suspects are overstaying and undocumented aliens as their passports were already canceled by the Korean government.

Both of them also owned and operated a diving center business in Punta Engaño, Mactan, Cebu.

It was learned that Sungmin was already issued a deportation order by the BI in 2015 while Sunghyun was charged with immigration law violation before the bureau’s board of commissioners. (

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