IT'S FIVE YEARS AND $50,000 FINE FOR KOREAN
BUSINESSMAN WHO BRIBED AAFES OFFICIALS
JEONG GI-HWAN SENTENCED IN DALLAS FEDERAL
COURT - GOT INSIDE INFO ON WINNING CONTRACT
TO SUPPLY GI'S IN KOREA WITH INTERNET AND
TELEPHONE SERVICE - BRIBES ALSO FUNNELED
TO AAFES GEN. MGR. AT OSAN AFB - JUDGE ED
KINKEADE RULES JEONG TO BE DEPORTED ONCE
HIS PRISON SENTENCED HAS BEEN SERVED
It's the way "business" has been conducted for years in the Far East. A bribe here and a bribe there, and another "deal" has been made. Only this time, Korean businessman Jeong Gi-Hwan got caught. Now he's been hit with a five year prison term and $50,000 fine.
The greedy Jeong wanted to land a more than $200 million dollar contract with AAFES for supplying Internet and telephone service to American GI's stationed in South Korea.
He'd earlier successfully bribed the Osan Air Force Base general manager, H. Lee Holloway, so he thought it would be a snap with AAFES big shot Clifton Choy. Court papers show that Jeong not only slipped Choy piles of greenbacks, but supplied prostitutes as well, to his partner in crime.
CO-CONSPIRATOR AT AAFES DIES OF HEART ATTACK
However, Choy isn't around the face the music anymore. He died of a heart attack in August 2008 while under investigation by authorities.
But Holloway, who kept Jeong's company - Samsung Rental Company Ltd. - informed of what other bids were being submitted for contracts by it's competitors - is alive, if not so well, and he's slated to be sentenced for conspiracy and tax evasion in federal court Columbus, Ga. next month.
The years Jeong ran his scam were 2001 to 2006. That's approximately the time he will spend behind bars. That stretch will undoubtedly go a lot a slower than the first.