Korean Air Family Reported Over Smuggling Racket

  • By Choi Kyu-min

    December 28, 2018 13:59

    From left, Lee Myung-hee and her two daughters Cho Hyun-ah and Hyun-min

    The Korea Customs Service referred three members of the dysfunctional Korean Air owner family to prosecutors for smuggling on Thursday. They are owner Cho Yang-ho's wife and two daughters. It also reported two Korean Air employees for aiding and abetting the racket.

    The KCS had been investigating the case for the last eight months and released their findings on Thursday. 

    Lee Myung-hee and her two daughters Cho Hyun-ah and Hyun-min are accused of repeatedly smuggling luxury goods, furniture and even ordinary daily necessities through customs since April 2009.

    The investigation identified 290 separate occasions when the three women smuggled an estimated W720 million worth of goods into the country by taking advantage of their privileged position at the flag carrier (US$1=W1,121).

    Their purchases were dropped off at overseas offices of Korean Air, where they were disguised as consignment goods or luggage of flight attendants to be taken to Korea. Customs officers allegedly condoned the racket in return for free flights or other favors.

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