A secretary arrested after fleeing abroad with former Ssangbangwool Group chairman Kim Seong-tae will be brought back to Korea on the 7th.
Summarizing the coverage of the Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 6th, Mr. A, former chairman Kim’s aide, returned to Korea by plane early in the morning of the 7th, and was sent to the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office to be investigated by the prosecution.
Mr A is known as the trustee of former Chairman Kim’s 40% investment in the corporation which was established as a holding company when former Chairman Kim and his partners bought Ssangbangwool around 2010.
Mr. A also instructed former chairman Kim and other executives of Ssangbangwool to flee abroad, such as booking airline tickets, and left with his former chairman Kim when he fled abroad. He has been working as a secretary while staying abroad with former Chairman Kim and Chairman Yang Seon-gil of Ssangbang-ul.
Mr A was not caught on the 10th of last month when former chairman Kim was arrested on a golf course in Pathum Thani, Thailand. Afterwards, he was arrested by the Cambodian police while fleeing to Cambodia with former Chairman Kim’s belongings at former Chairman Kim’s residence. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of several mobile phones with borrowed names, cash and credit cards. Some of the mobile phones he had are said to have been used by former Chairman Kim. It is known that Mr A is in a position to cooperate with the prosecution’s investigation, and the prosecution is expected to give priority to analyzing the mobile phone of former chairman Kim, which was owned by Mr. A.
Detective Division 6 of the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office (Chief Prosecutor Kim Young-nam), who is investigating the corruption allegations of the Ssangbangbang Group, indicted former Chairman Kim on the 3rd on charges of violating the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act. the Political Funds Act, offering bribes, breaching the Capital Markets Act, theft and breach of trust, and conspiracy to destroy evidence.
The prosecution has not yet investigated all the criminal facts of former chairman Kim, and is continuing an additional investigation of the facts that could not be transferred to a trial.