Shin Jung-hwan Faces Fraud Charges

Shin Jung-hwan Shin Jung-hwan

Former singer and entertainer Shin Jung-hwan, whose showbiz career tanked over an illegal gambling scandal, is being sued for fraud by the parents of a man who hoped to make it in the entertainment business.

Police on Wednesday said a businessman surnamed Lee (62) pressed charges against Shin claiming he gave the entertainer W100 million (US$1=W1,030) in 2010 in return for a promise to launch his son in showbiz, but the promise was never honored.

Shin allegedly promised to help the son appear on a TV program that he hosted, but Shin's W200 million gambling spree made headlines in August 2010, before he could honor the promise, and he was arrested in June 2011 and sentenced to eight months in jail.

He was freed under a special Christmas amnesty in December that year but now faces a fresh police summons.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 17, 2014 12:46 KST