S Korean suspect repatriated
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) yesterday repatriated a South Korean economic crime suspect who was arrested at a Taiwanese airport in March for using a fake passport. Kwak Ho-young, 42, was detained at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on March 24 while attempting to leave Taiwan on a fake passport, according to the agency. Kwak is on the South Korean government’s wanted list and has been charged with offenses such as fraud, embezzlement and breach of trust in his home country. He has allegedly raked in illegal profits of more than US$17.35 million, the agency said. The Taoyuan District Court sentenced him to five months’ imprisonment, with penalties allowed to be commuted to fines, on charges of possessing a fake passport. After serving his term, Kwak was repatriated to South Korea yesterday.