Myungshin U. accused of embezzling billions of won

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Myungshin U. accused of embezzling billions of won

Myungshin University, which is a private four-year university in Suncheon, South Jeolla, was dealt a heavy blow by the educational authorities who cited it for corrupt management, including embezzling 6.5 billion won ($6.1 million).

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said yesterday that it conducted inspections on the university’s corporate body Shinmyung Foundation in April and found that the university engaged in diverse forms of corruption since its establishment in 1999, including forging documents to get approval of the university establishment, embezzling educational funds and giving out grades to students inappropriately.

Shinmyung Foundation, which is a family-run business, was founded by the father surnamed Lee in 1983 and the mother surnamed Park became the chairwoman. The daughter was appointed as president of the Myungshin University and their son as vice president.

When the foundation applied for approval to establish the university in 1999, it allegedly submitted false documents of the endowment. To establish a university, the foundation had to secure an endowment of more than 1.4 billion won. But the family wrote up the figure without securing the amount by temporarily transferring the property of a high school also operated by Lee. The university received approval in December of 1999.

In 2000, the daughter Lee as president allegedly withdrew the university endowment of 1.4 billion won and utilized it for personal use. To conceal the misdeed, Lee allegedly embezzled 1.2 billion won in education funds and transferred them to her private account so she could receive a loan of 1.49 billion won from a bank. Then she allegedly used the loan to make a deposit to the university’s account from which she had withdrawn the endowment.

Lee is also accused of using tuition fees of 650 million won from students for personal use by transferring it to an account under Lee’s nephew surnamed Yoon.

Moreover, according to the Education Ministry, the university admitted that it faked the attendance days for its 22,794 students and gave them inappropriate grades to maintain students.

The Education Ministry ordered the Lees to pay back 6.4 billion won in embezzled funds. The ministry also told the university to cancel grades that were given out to disqualified students. The university will be closed if it doesn’t carry out the ministry’s request.


By Yim Seung-hye [sharon@joongang.co.kr]

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