BI deports Korean fugitive accused of pocketing US$ 6-M from online illegal gambling

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DAVAO CITY — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) deported a Korean fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for operating an illegal gambling website and carted some US$6-million bet money.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, in a statement identified the suspect as Jung Hyeongwook, 33, he was deported on Sept. 3 aboard a Philippine Airlines flight to Pusan.

Immigration port operations Chief Grifton Medina said Jung was deported few days after he surrendered to the Korean embassy in Manila which earlier cancelled his passport.

He was reportedly issued a temporary travel document by the embassy to facilitate his departure and was later arrested upon his arrival in Korea.

Morente ordered that Jung be placed in BI’s blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the country.

It was learned that Jung, who is wanted for prosecution for violating his country’s national sports promotion act, was also a subject of red notice issued by the Interpol last July 16.

Citing information obtained from the Korean police, the BI-Interpol said that between October 2015 and March 2016, Jung operated an illegal gambling website called “pony–ber1.com” which provided sports betting facility to members.

Jung and his cohorts allegedly collected betting money from the members and pocketed nearly US$ 6 Million from the online gambling racket.-NewsLine.ph

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