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Chief of financial holding firm arrested over stock price manipulation

All News 09:26 April 19, 2017

BUSAN, April 19 (Yonhap) -- The head of a bank holding firm based in the country's second largest city of Busan has been arrested over allegations of stock price manipulation, court officials said Wednesday.

The Busan District Court issued a warrant on Tuesday night to detain Sung Se-whan, chairman of BNK Financial Group, citing the possibility of him destroying evidence.

The investigation began after the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) asked the prosecution to look into allegations the financial group rigged its stock price in early 2016 by lending money to companies and asking them to buy its stocks.

Prosecutors suspect that Sung orchestrated the alleged manipulation. Sung is known to be flatly denying the charges.

A former executive of the holding firm, identified only by his last name Kim, was also arrested for his involvement in the alleged crime.

Sung Se-whan, head of BNK Financial Group, arrives at the Busan District Prosecutors' Office in the country's second largest city of Busan on April 18, 2017, before attending a hearing on his arrest. The Busan District Court issued a warrant to detain him over allegations of stock price manipulation later in the day. (Yonhap)


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