Samsung Heir Lee Jae-yong Found Guilty of Bribery, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Samsung Heir Lee Jae-yong Found Guilty of Bribery, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

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Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. and heir to the company, has been found guilty of bribing former President Park Geun-hye in return for support of key Samsung business deals, reports the WSJ.

Prosecutors alleged Mr. Lee tried to bribe President Park Geun-hye in return for government backing for key Samsung business deals. Along with bribery, he was charged with embezzlement, hiding assets abroad, concealing criminal profits and perjury. The court found Mr. Lee guilty on all charges.

Samsung acknowledged paying about $38 million to entities linked to a close friend of the President, Choi Soon-sil. About half of that amount went to a German sports-consulting company that paid for equestrian training for Soon-sil's daughter. The court determined that $6.4 million of the payments Samsung made to equestrian training were bribery and the judge ruled that Lee Jae-yong embezzled $5.7 million for that bribe. In total, Samsung was found to have paid about $7.9 million for bribery.

In exchange for the bribes, Choi Soon-sil and President Park Geun-hye are said to have ensured government support for the merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015, which helped Lee Jae-yong consolidate his hold on Samsung Electronics and change Samsung's cross-shareholding structure which allowed Lee Jae-yong to avoid a steep inheritance-tax bill.

Lee denied all the charges and said as vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics he was rarely involved in decisions affecting the broader Samsung empire which spans dozens of companies. His lawyer, Song Wu-cheol, said he couldn't accept the verdict and would immediately appeal.

“I am confident that the appeals court will definitely find the defendants not guilty on all counts,” said Mr. Song.

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Samsung Heir Lee Jae-yong Found Guilty of Bribery, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
Great! - August 26, 2017 at 11:33am
They should charge Samsung for bricking 4k TVs with their firmware updates!
Imagine That?!?! - August 26, 2017 at 7:06pm
If Samsung make such bad products. Why the fck do they have billions? Are you buying Samsung Products? If not then shut that fcking pie hole!! And Apple doesn't brick their own products? Dude STFU!
Great! - August 26, 2017 at 11:12am
Also charged for copying Apple and hoarding iPhones cos they work to much better
Imagine That?!?! - August 26, 2017 at 7:08pm
Ohh yeah... And Apple never copies! ;-)
merlin - August 26, 2017 at 8:31am
chaebollucks! got chaebollied
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