January 11, 2001 17:44
Parents and brokers involved in the university admissions scandal were arrested Wednesday. Eight parents including Kang Jeong-yeon, the wife of the famous singer Nam Jin were arrested and 22 others were charged without detention. The prosecution investigated 35 parents and found that 16 were self-employed, four were doctors and two were university professors.
The Prosecutors' Office also arrested Cho Keon-hee, the board director of Kent Foreign School on charges of receiving US$500,000 for forging admissions-related documents and also Lee Byung-yeol, an official at a university for receiving W41 million in bribes. The prosecution is also searching for Park Young-kyoo, for forging documents and receiving US$2000 per case.
Between 1996 and 2000, Cho helped 36 students to be illegally admitted to universities and received a total of US$500,000. So far, 54 students have been found to have entered universities with forged records.
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