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Woori Bank employee embezzled funds larger than initially thought: watchdog

Finance 15:06 July 26, 2022

SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's financial watchdog said Tuesday a Woori Bank employee allegedly embezzled 69.7 billion won (US$53.2 million) -- more than initially thought -- over an eight-year period.

Wrapping up its monthslong probe into the case, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) said it plans to take disciplinary actions against the employee and bank executives.

In April, police arrested the bank employee and his brother, who is not a bank official, on suspicion of embezzling a total of 61.4 billion won on three occasions between 2012 and 2018. The prosecution indicted them in May.

Announcing the results of its probe, the FSS said it found the employee allegedly embezzled more money than initially thought on eight occasions between 2012 and 2020.

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 FSS said the case is mainly the result of the employee's irregularities, but Woori Bank is also responsible for being negligent in properly operating an internal control system.

This file photo, taken April 28, 2022, shows the headquarters of Woori Bank in central Seoul. (Yonhap)

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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