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In a stern response to the corruption scandals plaguing savings banks, the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation yesterday sought a provisional seizure of property and financial assets owned by 73 executives and major shareholders in seven savings banks that have been suspended this year.

The KDIC said it asked local courts to seize a total of 9 billion won ($8.2 million) in financial assets and 437 property holdings.

Among the seven savings banks that have been suspended due to liquidity problems were Bohae Mutual Savings Bank, Domin Bank, and five affiliates of Busan Savings Bank Group.

The state-run deposit insurance agency said it is currently investigating whether Busan Savings Bank Group siphoned off money from company coffers by taking out 4.69 trillion won in illegal loans to set up 120 special purpose companies.

According to prosecutors investigating the Busan Savings Bank case, only 21 out of 120 projects set up by the special purpose companies are in development. Prosecutors suspect the bank used some of the 4.69 trillion won to raise a slush fund.

“We’ve been inspecting assets and the property holdings of the major shareholders and executives, and we sought the provisional seizure against some major shareholders and executives after we managed to identify the assets owned by them,” said Kim Joon-ki, a KDIC official.

“When the investigation into Busan Savings Bank Group’s special purpose companies is completed, it is likely that we will seek more provisional seizures from the local courts.”

The KDIC said it will also file civil suits against the executives and major shareholders for alleged mismanagement that led to the bank suspensions.

All money that executives and major shareholders gained through illegal lending, embezzlement and fraudulent accounting will be confiscated, according to the agency.

“Once we complete an investigation into who is responsible for the bank suspensions, we will sue the responsible people for damages,” said another KDIC official. “It will take about six months to one year to bring this matter to a court.”

According to the KDIC, it has sought a total of 2.72 trillion won in compensation against 10,416 executives and major shareholders of troubled financial institutions for embezzlement and fraudulent accounting since 2000.

The KDIC has recovered 395 billion won out of 1.45 trillion won awarded by the courts.

By Han Ae-ran, Kim Mi-ju [mijukim@joongang.co.kr]

한글 관련 기사 [중앙일보]
7개 부실 저축은행 대주주·경영진 73명 재산 90억 가압류
예보, 부동산 437건에도 신청
예금보험공사가 7개 부실 저축은행의 대주주와 경영진 73명의 자산에 대한 가압류를 신청했다.

 13일 예보는 부산·부산2·중앙부산·대전·전주·보해·도민저축은행의 대주주와 전·현직 임원, 특수관계인 등 총 73명의 금융자산 90억원과 부동산 437필지에 대한 가압류를 최근 법원에 신청했다고 밝혔다. 또 부산저축은행그룹이 설립한 120여 개 특수목적법인(SPC)을 통해 빼돌린 재산이 있는지를 알아보기 위해 대출약정 서류를 추가로 조사하고 있다.

이들 7개 저축은행은 지난 2월 유동성 부족으로 영업정지됐다. 이후 4월 29일 금융위가 부실저축은행으로 지정하고 적기시정조치를 내리면서 예보의 경영관리인이 파견돼 있다.

 예보 저축은행정상화부 김준기 부장은 “대주주와 임원 개개인의 재산을 조사해 밝혀진 부분에 대해 일차적으로 가압류를 신청했다”며 “SPC에 대한 조사가 이뤄지면 추가로 가압류를 신청할 부분이 나올 것”이라고 밝혔다.

 예보는 앞으로 부실 책임이 있는 대주주 등을 상대로 민사소송을 제기해 재산을 환수할 계획이다. 예보 관계자는 “현재 진행 중인 부실책임조사가 끝나면 부실책임 심의위원회를 열어 부실책임을 확정하고 손해배상 소송을 낼 방침”이라며 “소송 제기까지는 6개월~1년쯤 걸릴 것”이라고 설명했다. 예보는 2000년 이후 부실금융회사의 대주주와 전·현직 임직원 1만416명을 대상으로 총 2조7203억원의 손배소송을 제기했다. 이 중 1조4573억원가량에 대해 승소해 지금까지 3952억원을 회수했다. 확정 판결 건수 기준으로는 1578건 중 1218건을 이겨 승소율이 77.2%에 이른다.
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