Fraudsters who claim to be executives at SM Entertainment have been sentenced to imprisonment after document falsification and a deposit of several hundred million won (one hundred million won is approximately $ 80,000) EXO would appear at an event.
On June 18, it was announced that judge Ryu Hee Hyun from the Seoul South District Court sentenced Kim to two years in prison and Lee to one year in prison for fraud, falsification of private documents, and use of the forged documents.
In September 2017, Kim and Lee pretended to be the CEO of SM Entertainment and formulated a false contract for the CEO of an event planning agency (later referred to as “A”). They claimed EXO would perform in Bangkok, Thailand in November of the same year. They even used the SM Entertainment company seal and received a deposit of 280 million won (approximately $ 230,900).
During the trial, Kim insisted, “We didn’t fake the contract,” while Lee said, “I only helped with Kim’s crimes, I didn’t fool” A “.”
However, the judge told Kim: “The format of the wrong contract is similar to a contract in which you were previously involved. When the investigation became disadvantageous, your explanations became contradictory. “
It was revealed that Kim received a four-month suspended probation in August 2019.
The judge later questioned Lee’s credibility and said, “You admitted the crime when you were interviewed by the investigative agency.”
The judge also announced the reason for Kim’s conviction, saying, “Since the damage is close to 300 million won (approximately $ 247,400), the victim has economic difficulties, but only 18.5 million won (approximately $ 15,300) has been returned . With the means by which you have forged the document and used it for this fraud, the nature of the crime is quite serious. “
Regarding Lee, the judge mentioned: “They have been punished for fraud in the past and are currently at a disadvantage that they cannot pay the full compensation” A “. However, they have returned 47 million won (about $ 38,800) and are trying. “
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