Swedish Fugitive Arrested in Philippines

A Swedish national, 42-year-old Hans Patrick Sungberg reportedly branded as a fugitive for allegedly embezzling more than 700,000 euros and large-scale fraud. The Swede was 8 June 2007 arrested by operatives of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Carmona, Cavite and will soon be deported back to his own country.
“The BI board of commissioners will soon issue a summary deportation order against him so that he can be sent back to Sweden to stand trial for his crimes,” Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said, adding that Sundberg will also be classified as an “undesirable alien,” blacklisted and barred from returning to the Philippines.
Records showed that Sundberg has been overstaying in the Philippines since April last year. He was also classified as an undocumented alien after the Swedish government canceled his passport.
The BI said Sundberg reportedly entered into a fraudulent construction deal from the governing authority in Kosovo and embezzled more than 700,000 euros (P43.4 million).
It appeared that he was contracted for a housing project in Kosovo. He was able to collect the payment from the deal after he showed his victims pictures from a different housing project and claimed they were shots taken from their project site.
The district prosecutor of the International Prosecution Authority in Stockholm issued an arrest warrant against Sundberg based on charges of “gross fraud embezzlement and alternatively gross embezzlement” filed against him.
This prompted the Swedish Embassy in Manila and the Philippine Center for Transnational Crimes (PCTC) to request the assistance of the BI.

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