Ex-Pop Starlet Convicted of Habitual Gambling

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    February 19, 2019 12:48

    Shoo of '90s girl band SES has been slapped with a two-year suspended sentence and 80 hours of community service for habitual gambling.

    The Seoul Eastern District Court made the ruling on Monday.

    Shoo leaves the Seoul Eastern District Court after a verdict on Monday. /Newsis

    Shoo borrowed W350 million from one friend and W250 million from another in a casino in a hotel in Seoul in June last year but failed to repay them (US$1=W1,127).

    Prosecutors did not charge her with fraud since lending money in casinos here is also illegal, but as a habitual gambler who bet W790 million on 26 occasions abroad including Hong Kong and Macau from Aug. 2016 to May 2018.

    Shoo admitted the gambling charges, and the prosecutors recommended a one-year jail term.

    In her final statement before the ruling, Shoo said, "I learned a lot from my mistakes, and I am deeply repentant and will continue to feel remorse. I fully admit responsibility for my wrongdoing and accept the punishment. I am very sorry to cause such trouble."

    Korea is one of the few countries that punish citizens who gamble in other countries where a pastime in casinos is perfectly legal.

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