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(LEAD) Woori Bank employee turns himself in after embezzling 60 bln won of company funds: police

All News 22:16 April 28, 2022

(ATTN: RECASTS headline; UPDATES with Woori's announcement in paras 1, 5-7)

SEOUL, April 28 (Yonhap) -- An employee of Woori Bank, one of South Korea's largest commercial banks, has been taken into custody after he turned himself in for embezzling more than 60 billion won (US$47 million) from the company, police said Thursday.

The employee, whose identity was withheld, surrendered to Namdaemun Police Station in central Seoul at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to officials.

Police were taking measures to issue a travel ban on the employee after they received a report on the case from Woori Bank.

"We will review seeking a court arrest warrant after investigating details of this case," police officials said.

The employee, who has worked for the company for more than 10 years, has withdrawn a total of 61.45 billion won through three times, in 2012, 2015 and 2018, the bank said in a regulatory filing later in the day.

Most of the stolen money was from a 57.8-billion won contract deposit that Woori has to return to an Iranian company in connection with a failed acquisition deal.

"In addition to filing a criminal complaint against the employee, we will try to minimize loss by taking active measures to recover the embezzled money, including a provisional attachment of (the employee's) properties," the bank said.

This file photo, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows the logo of Woori Bank. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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