The first instance court sentenced a former Woori Bank employee to 13 years in prison for embezzling more than 60 billion won of company money.

Prosecutors asked the accused's family or acquaintances to delay the sentencing so that the embezzlement money could be recovered, but the court refused.

Reporter Park Chan-geun reports.


Brother Mo, a former employee of Woori Bank, who was arrested and handed over to trial on charges of embezzling 61.4 billion won of company money.

[Mr. Mo / Defendant of embezzlement of Woori Bank (last April 30): (Where did you spend the amount of embezzlement? Is it true that the amount of embezzlement was used up?) …


Even during the first trial, the amount of embezzlement was additionally confirmed, exceeding 70 billion won.

Prior to the sentencing, the prosecution requested the court to add an additional 9.3 billion won of embezzlement found to the court to the existing charges, and to delay the sentencing so that the 18.9 billion won that had flowed to third parties, including the family and acquaintances of the former brother, could be recovered.

This is because the amount of embezzlement given to a third party can only be compensated for until the first trial is sentenced, so if the sentence is issued today (30 days), additional collection will be difficult.

However, the court rejected both the prosecution's request to change the indictment and the request to resume pleadings, and sentenced the main culprit to 13 years in prison and his accomplice brother to 10 years in prison only for the existing embezzlement amount of 61.4 billion won.

A fine of 32.38 billion won each was also imposed.

A court official explained, "It seems that the need to resume pleadings was not recognized when considering the materials submitted by the prosecution."

Prosecutors believe that it has become difficult to collect up to 17.2 billion won, except for 1.7 billion won that went through collection procedures before the sentencing date.

(Video coverage: Seol Min-hwan, video editing: Park Ki-duk, CG: Lee Jong-jeong)