Manila, A Taiwanese fugitive wanted for fraud has been arrested in the Philippines after he tried to flee the country using a fake Philippine passport, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines said Monday.
The 33yearold man, identified by his family name Huang is wanted for fraud by the Taichung District Prosecutors Office, Taiwan's representative office in the Philippines told CNA.
He was the leader of 110 Taiwanese fraud suspects who were caught running a scam in Latvia in 2017.
They were deported back to Taiwan the same year after Taiwan's government convinced Latvian authorities to send them home to stand trial instead of to China, according to the office.
Over the past few years, countries such as Kenya and Spain have arrested numerous Chinese and Taiwanese citizens for involvement in telecom scams targeting residents of China, but in most cases they deported the suspects to China rather than Taiwan.
While the investigation was still ongoing, however, Huang managed to flee the country in June 2018, and Taiwanese authorities later discovered he had gone into hiding in the Philippines, the office said.
Huang was tracked down and caught last Friday and has since been detained by local authorities pending further investigation of the case, it said.
According to a report by the Manila Bulletin, a Philippine newspaper, Huang was arrested at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by immigration officers after he was found holding a forged Philippine passport.
He attempted to depart via a Philippine Airlines flight for Phnom Penh when he was apprehended by members of the Bureau of Immigration's travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU), the report said.
Authorities later learned that Huang had a pending deportation case stemming from a request from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office asking local authorities to help locate and deport him.
Jerry Wang a Taiwanese police officer who serves in Taiwan's representative office in the Philippines, told CNA Monday that the office will seek assistance from the Philippine immigration bureau to help deport Huang to face trial in Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel