South Korean fugitive returned to native country

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Posted: Apr 20, 2011 10:36 PM
South Korean fugitive returned to native country

A South Korean fugitive captured in Southern California has been returned to his native country to face charges in an alleged $100 million fraud scheme.

A statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Kyochung Lee was turned over to South Korean law enforcement representatives at the airport in Seoul Wednesday by U.S. immigration officers and the Korean National Police Agency.

The 55-year-old Chung was the subject of an Interpol fugitive notice in February that alleges he defrauded unspecified victims of the equivalent of $116 million in U.S. currency in 2006.

Authorities determined in April 2010 that Lee was in the U.S. on a visitor's visa for three months. He was taken into custody on administrative immigration violations at his Temecula apartment in January.