Manager of late Park Yong Ha charged with bank fraud

Lucky she was caught. I don’t believe her excuse of getting his albums and stuff for keepsakes purposes and that the money is for “managerial purposes”.

Manager of late actor charged with bank fraud


Late Korean singer and actor Park Yong-ha’s manager has been indicted for attempted bank fraud by fabricating a document to withdraw money from the actor’s account in Japan, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

According to the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office, the manager tried to withdraw Park’s assets, 240 million won ($220,000), saved at a Japanese bank just a week after the actor committed suicide in June 2010. Park’s body was found at his residence in Seoul, having apparently killed himself.

But the manager’s fraud ended in failure when a teller at the bank declined to retrieve the savings, as she knew of the actor’s death.

The manager is also under suspicion of stealing the deceased’s photos, a music album and cameras, worth more than 26 million won, from the management company where she and Park had worked together for many years.

The actor’s sister, Park Hye-yeon has been running the firm, Yona Entertainment, as chief executive officer.

The manager denied the accusations, claiming she did not attempt to steal the money.

“I didn’t try to steal the savings. I have the authority to use the money as a manager. For the photo albums and records, I just want to treasure them as keepsakes from him for old time’s sake.”

Park, who made his debut in 1997, was propelled to Hallyu stardom following his stint in the highly successful KBS drama “Winter Sonata” in 2002.

On the wings of his Korean Wave success, Park forged a career for himself in Japan, where over the course of five years he churned out 10 hit albums as well as hit singles and won four consecutive Japan Gold Disc Awards — a first for a Korean pop artist.

By Park Han-na

Source: Korea Herald


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