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Woori Bank employee, his brother indicted for embezzling 61 bln won

All News 20:00 May 24, 2022

SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) -- An employee of Woori Bank and his brother were indicted on Tuesday on charges of embezzling more than 60 billion won (US$47.4 million) from one of the nation's largest commercial banks.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office said it indicted the brothers for embezzlement and violating the law on flight of domestic property. The employee, identified only by his surname Jeon, was also charged with forgery of documents.

The employee was arrested on April 30 on charges of embezzling the funds from the nation's fourth-largest commercial bank between October 2012 and June 2018. His younger brother, who is not a bank employee, and a former employee of a Woori Bank affiliate have also been arrested as co-conspirators.

Most of the stolen money was found to be from a 57.8-billion won contract deposit that Woori Bank has to return to Iran's largest consumer electronics maker, Entekhab Industrial Group, in connection with a failed acquisition deal.

The prosecution added charges of flight of property after it learned that the brothers transferred 5 billion won to a shell company's account overseas.

The prosecution also indicted a full-time personal investor on charges of concealing criminal proceeds, saying that the investor took 1.6 billion won in exchange for providing investment information to the brothers, while knowing that the money is criminal proceeds.

This composite photo shows a Woori Bank employee (L) and his brother, who are suspected of embezzling company funds, exiting Namdaemun Police Station in central Seoul to be sent to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office on May 6, 2022. (Yonhap)

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