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South Korean Public Official ‘Used Bribes to Buy Crypto,’ Police Claim
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Yet one other South Korean authorities employee seems to have used ill-gotten positive factors to fund their crypto cravings: After studies {that a} public official fled overseas with $2.8 million price of stolen public funds that has been transformed to crypto, it has emerged that one other former official might have been extorting cash from outsourcing companies – and spending it on crypto.

NoCut News reported that officers on the Gangneung Police Station, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, arrested an unnamed former metropolis official on prices of bribery and fraud on October 25.

The former official was described as being of their 30s, however no additional particulars about their identification had been launched to the press.

However, the person’s actions seem to have caught the eye of their employers: Gangneung City held a “personnel committee meeting” after “finding out” in regards to the particular person’s conduct in August – and finally fired the person.

The committee seems to have handed on its findings to the police, who started their investigation shortly after.

Officers declare that the previous official “extorted hundreds of millions of [fiat] KRW” from building corporations by “abusing his position.”

The police added that the person started receiving funds at “the beginning of 2022,” and is assumed to have obtained over $140,000 price of money backhanders “from about 20 construction companies.”

The former official then allegedly proceeded to spend the cash on a sequence of cryptoasset purchases. Police didn’t reveal which cash the person had purchased – or whether or not they have managed to seize the tokens.

The particular person is assumed to have requested companies to give him money in change for ensures that they’d be chosen to perform new building initiatives and restore jobs for town.

A lot of the initiatives included work on care amenities for senior residents.

‘Crypto-holding’ Public Official on the Run

Earlier this week, prosecutors stated they had been searching a person surnamed Choi who seems to have fled overseas with cash stolen from the nation’s National Health Insurance Service. Officers suppose the suspect transformed most or all the stolen cash to crypto – and could also be holding the cash in an abroad crypto change pockets.

Prosecutors are additionally nonetheless attempting to find Do Kwon, the lacking Co-founder of Terraform Labs and the Terra ecosystem.

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