Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown's departure from Manila has been delayed because of fraud allegations against him and his promoter for a canceled concert last New Year's eve.

The recording artist and his promoter were prevented from leaving on a private plane Wednesday pending the immigration bureau's clearance.

The religious group that owns the New Year's eve concert venue had petitioned the Department of Justice for help prosecuting Brown.

It wasn't immediately clear if a formal complaint has already been filed.

Immigration bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan says Brown and his promoter must obtain an emigration clearance certificate to leave the country.

She says they will not be barred from leaving as long as the justice department does not raise objections.

Brown performed at a packed concert Tuesday night in Manila.