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Tony Ahn

Local prosecutors decided yesterday to seek jail time for three celebrities who have been accused of illegal gambling.

The Supreme Prosecutor’s Office is recommending that Tony Ahn, a former member of the popular idol group H.O.T in the 1990s, receive 10 months in jail and two years of probation. It recommended eight months in jail and two years of probation for comedian Lee Soo-geun and six months in jail and two years of probation for singer Tak Jae-hoon.

All three appeared in court yesterday and said they will admit to all the charges against them and will take time off to reflect on their actions.

It was found that Ahn had spent about 400 million won ($378,000) on online gambling from May 2009 to March 2012, while Lee spent 370 million won from December 2008 to June 2011. Tak spent 290 million won from February 2008 to April 2011.

The court will rule on their penalties on Dec. 27.

Meanwhile, some other celebrities who spent smaller amounts of money gambling online were ordered to pay fines. Entertainer Boom and singer Andy of the idol group Shinhwa were ordered to pay 5 million won each.

By Lee Sun-min
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