S. Korea’s most wanted arrested in Pampanga
Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) - November 27, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - An alleged head of a South Korean mafia tagged as the country’s most wanted fugitive was arrested yesterday in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Cho Yang Eun, 63, was arrested at about 9 a.m. by agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Cho, who is reportedly involved in economic crimes, allegedly founded the Yangeuni Family in 1978 and once made it as the biggest gang in the country, according to the website of the Korean Times.

The fugitive announced his “retirement” in 2009 but has reportedly remained the de-facto leader of the ring.

BI spokesperson Ma. Angelica Pedro said Cho allegedly embezzled $2.5 million in Korea.

BI officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison said Cho’s arrest was based on a summary deportation order issued last year for being an undocumented alien and a fugitive from justice.

The Korean embassy had asked the help of the BI for Cho’s arrest.

An Interpol Seoul red notice was issued against the suspect for fraud charges.

The South Korean government revoked Cho’s passport in March 2012.

BI Intelligence Division acting chief Carlitos Licas said Cho would be deported as soon as they secure the needed clearances.

The BI said it would blacklist Cho to prevent him from returning to the country.

AN INTERPOL SEOUL ANGELES CITY ANGELICA PEDRO BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION CARLITOS LICAS CHO CHO YANG EUN INTELLIGENCE DIVISION JUSTICE SECRETARY LEILA KOREAN TIMES SOUTH KOREAN
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