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BUREAU of Immigration (BI) operatives arrested another South Korean fugitive wanted for illegal gambling in his country.

In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) identified the Korean as 39-year-old Jeong Mungil, who was arrested last Thursday at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

Jeong was arrested on the strength of a mission order which Morente issued at the request of South Korean authorities in Manila.

According to BI-FSU chief Rendel Ryan Sy, the Korean is subject of a red notice from the Interpol and an arrest warrant issued by the Ulsan district court in Korea.

Jeong was charged before the said court for violating Korea’s national sports promotion act, Sy said.

Information provided by the Interpol’s national central bureau in Manila revealed that in 2012, Jeong and several accomplices operated an online gambling site from their condominium unit in Makati City. The syndicate allegedly solicited clients in Korea by letting them bet on the results of several sports competitions.

Korean authorities said the syndicate amassed a profit of more than 6.5 billion won, or roughly US$5.3 million, from the said racket.

Jeong is currently detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. (TSJ)


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