Japanese, Korean fugitives nabbed

November 05, 2018

A Japanese and a Korean who are reportedly both fugitives from justice in their countries were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

In a report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the two were identified by BI-Fugitive Search Unit (BI-DSU) Chief Bobby Raquepo as Japanese national Masaya Nonoyama, 57, and Korean national Lee Jong Hyun, 36. They were arrested last October 22 in Taguig City and Dasmariñas City, Cavite, respectively, by operatives from the FSU.

Raquepo said both aliens will be deported so they could face justice and be sentenced for crimes they committed in their homelands.

Records show that Nonoyama is wanted in Japan for embezzlement while Lee is an alleged fraudster and swindler in Korea. Both are presently detained at the Bicutan Detention Center.

Nonoyama, who hid in the country since September 2015, has been overstaying. He was issued an arrest warrant for the crime of “embezzlement in the pursuit of social activities” which is punishable with 10-year imprisonment under Japan’s Penal Code.

Raquepo said Lee, on the other hand, has also been overstaying as he has not left the country since he last arrived in January 2014. He is reportedly in the Interpol’s red notice list and is wanted for swindling a compatriot of more than P3.5 million and for seven other fraud cases in Korea.

Their passports have already been cancelled by their governments, hence they are also considered undocumented aliens.