Bohae CEO accused of bribing FSS over probe

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Bohae CEO accused of bribing FSS over probe

Prosecutors investigating the Bohae Mutual Savings Bank obtained evidence that its CEO gave 300 million won ($277,520) in a bribe to a high-ranking Financial Supervisory Service inspector to delay the financial regulator’s inspection of the bank.

The Bohae Mutual Savings Bank was suspended on February 19 and prosecutors have been investigating the bank’s suspected collusion with the financial regulator.

The special investigation unit of the Gwangju District Prosecutors’ Office said it secured evidence that the bank’s CEO, Oh Moon-cheol, transferred 300 million won to the unnamed FSS employee in September last year at the suggestions of financial brokers surnamed Jang and Hong.

According to prosecutors, Jang obtained information last August that the FSS would inspect the Bohae Mutual Savings Bank soon and alerted its CEO.

Jang advised Oh that the bank would be in trouble if the FSS discovered its poor financial condition.

He asked Oh to transfer 300 million won to the FSS employee. Prosecutors said Hong, who is wanted by prosecutors, played a major role in introducing Oh to the FSS employee.

During the investigation, prosecutors learned that the two brokers demanded 3 billion won from Oh in return for the introduction to the FSS employee. They’re looking into whether the money was paid.

“We’re also investigating whether the FSS employee used his power to delay inspection into the bank,” said a prosecutor at the Gwangju District Prosecutors’ Office.

While Jang was indicted on Sunday on charges of collusion, Hong ran away and he is wanted by prosecutors.

Bohae CEO Oh was indicted on April 29 on charges of the illegal lending of 600 billion won since 2006.

He also faces bribery charges for allegedly offering hundreds of millions of won to a former and a current FSS official, to help the bank get a lax inspection between 2009 and last year.


By Im Hyun-ju, Kim Mi-ju [mijukim@joongang.co.kr]


한글 관련 기사 [연합]
금감원 간부 '또' 보해저축銀 수뢰의혹
보해저축은행 부실사태를 수사 중인 검찰이 금융감독원 간부가 추가로 비리에 연루된 의혹을 품고 수사하는 것으로 9일 알려졌다.

광주지검 특수부(김호경 부장검사)는 최근 특정 경제범죄 가중 처벌법상 알선수재 혐의로 수배된 홍모씨가 금감원 부국장급 인사와의 친분을 내세워 보해저축은행측으로부터 거액을 받은 정황을 포착했다.

홍씨는 이미 구속기소된 브로커 장모씨와 함께 금감원 검사를 연기하도록 힘쓰는 대가로 은행 측으로부터 3억원을 받은 혐의로 체포영장이 발부돼 수배 중이다.

검찰은 홍씨 등이 계약금 명목으로 3억원을 받고, 모두 30억원의 거액을 받기로 한 정황도 포착해 수사하는 것으로 전해졌다.


검찰은 당시 이 금감원 인사가 은행에 자료 제출을 요구한 상황에서 홍씨가 검사 연기를 위해 힘써주겠다며 은행측으로부터 청탁비 명목으로 돈을 받았을 가능성이 있는 것으로 보고 있다.

검찰은 홍씨가 받은 돈의 일부가 실제로 금감원 인사에게 흘러갔는지, 은행 검사과정에서 홍씨의 부탁을 받고 영향력을 행사했는지 등을 조사하고 있다.

검찰은 보해저축은행 수사와 관련, 앞서 금감원 간부 1명을 구속기소하고 다른 전직 간부 1명에 대해 체포영장을 발부받는 등 검찰의 수사를 받는 금감원 전현직 간부는 3명으로 늘었다.

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