MANILA Immigration authorities arrested two South Koreans for illegally operating an online gaming operation in Pampanga province on Thursday.
The foreigners identified as Lee Jongjin, 28, and Chae Kwangbeom, 40, were apprehended inside their residence at the Clark Hills Subdivision in Angeles City by the bureau's Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) through a mission order issued by Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente.
We will deport them for being undocumented aliens as their passports were already cancelled by the Korean government, Morente said in a statement Friday.
They are also undesirable aliens for being fugitives from justice who pose a risk to public safety and security, he added.
According to BI-FSU chief Bobby Raquepo, the foreigner nationals are subjects of arrest warrants issued by the Busan district court in South Korea where they were charged for violating their country's game industry promotion act.
The charges stemmed from their alleged operation of three private online servers in Angeles City after falsifying the interface adapter of a registered online game called Lineage 1.
Lineage 1, which was manufactured by NC Soft Corp., is very popular among Koreans and these enabled the suspects to receive huge sums of cash from unsuspecting subscribers by converting their game money called adena.
Investigation revealed that Lee and Chae arrived in the country in July and August 2018, respectively, and they reportedly started operating their online racket last January.
The BI-FSU agents are also on the manhunt for two other Koreans who are allegedly cohorts of the arrested foreigners and are believed to be still in the country. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency