South Korean wanted for fraud charge in South Korea arrested in Nong Khai

A South Korean businessman who is wanted in South Korea for fraud charge was arrested by Thai immigration officials after he sneaked into Nong Khai province from Laos by a long-tailed boat on Saturday.

Pol Maj Thirapong Prachakchit, immigration inspector attached to Nong Khai provincial immigration office, said that the 58-year old construction contractor, Boo Yon-gian, was issued with an arrest warrant by the Inchoen court in South Korea for allegedly cheating 52 million wons or 1.7 million baht in construction materials. The alleged embezzlement took place in 2008 and a warrant for his arrest was subsequently by the Inchoen court.

The immigration inspector said that, in 2015, the suspect escaped from South Korea to Laos where he started construction business. In the past few years, he occasionally slipped across the border to Nong Khai to do business undetected, he added.

The South Korean embassy in Bangkok has been notified by Thai immigration bureau of Boo Yon-gian's arrest so that he would be flown back to South Korea to face the fraud charge.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)