Ex-Justice Minister's Wife Fired by University

  • By Yang Eun-kyoung

    August 27, 2021 11:06

    Chung Kyung-shim /Newsis

    Dongyang University on Thursday dismissed former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's wife Chung Kyung-shim from her teaching post in the English faculty after she was convicted of forgery and financial misconduct.

    She is still entitled to her pension.

    Chung took unpaid leave in September 2019, when suspicions grew that she forged documentation for her daughter Cho Min's application to medical school.

    Dongyang asked Chung whether she wanted to extend her leave, which expires at the end of August, but she said she would let the university decide.

    An appellate court earlier this month upheld Chung's four-year jail sentence, and Pusan National University decided on Tuesday to revoke her daughter's admission to medical school.

    Meanwhile, Cho Kuk's brother Cho Kwon was sentenced the same day to three years in jail over rampant corruption at a private school foundation the family run.

    Prosecutors had appealed a one-year sentence he was handed late last year for selling test questions to teacher candidates in the school's recruitment process. The court of first instance, which allegedly had a sympathetic judge, let him off on other charges.

    He got off with the same or lighter sentences than his two accomplices even though he was the prime mover in the racket, and has been out on bail since March. But the Seoul High Court on Thursday found him guilty of more of the original charges, including helping the two accomplices flee the country, embezzlement and violating the labor law.

    It upheld the original fine of W147 million (US$1=W1,170).

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