The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested two Chinese nationals wanted by authorities in Beijing, China for fraud.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the two foreigners as Sun Feng and Xia Yaqin who were arrested in Santa Rosa, Laguna by operatives of the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU).
Morente said Sun would be deported to China as ordered by the BI board of commissioners in March 2019.
Information from the Interpol’s national central bureau (NCB) in Manila revealed that Sun was the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by the municipal public security bureau in Jiangyin, China on Jan. 7, 2012.
He was reportedly charged before the said court for the crime of contract fraud in connection with his involvement in an investment scam when he was a high-ranking officer of a Chinese government-owned bank 10 years ago.
Chinese authorities said that as director of the bank, Sun swindled his victims of around 145 million yuan, or roughly $21.6 million, in a fraudulent high-interest loan scheme.
BI-FSU acting chief Rendel Ryan Sy said that during the operation, arresting agents chanced upon Xia, who has yet to undergo deportation proceedings.
It turned out that she was also wanted for fraud and subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Jiangyin municipal public security bureau on March 5, 2012.
Sy said Sung and Xia have hidden in the country for more than 10 years to evade prosecution for their crimes.
He added that both foreigners were overstaying and considered undocumented since their passports were already cancelled by the Chinese government.