Professional golfer Ahn Seong-hyun (42), husband of singer and actor Sung Yu-ri, from the first-generation girl group ‘Finkle’, was placed in danger of being arrested. Mr. Ahn is accused of accepting billions of won to list cryptocurrency.
On the 29th, the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors’ Office 토토사이트(Chief Prosecutor Chae Hee-man), who is investigating the allegations of behind-the-scenes trading of coins, requested an arrest warrant for Lee Sang-jun (54), CEO of Bithumb Holdings, and Ahn.
According to the prosecution, CEO Lee is accused of receiving money and valuables from businessman Kang Jong-hyeon (41 years old, indicted) to list a domestic coin on Bithumb.
Previously, the prosecution secured a statement from Mr. Kang to the effect that “between the end of 2021 and the beginning of last year, he delivered about 5 billion won in cash to CEO Lee through Mr. Ahn, who is close to CEO Lee, along with a request to list certain coins on Bithumb.” did.
Bithumb Holdings is the largest shareholder of Bithumb Korea, which operates the coin exchange Bithumb. As of the end of last year, it holds a 73.56% stake in Bithumb Korea.
Mr. Ahn is known as Mr. Kang’s best friend. Mr. Ahn is accused of taking money and valuables from a coin issuer (fraud and breach of trust under the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Economic Crimes) by conspiring with Bithumb’s listing officer to help list cryptocurrency. It is known that the cryptocurrency is in the process of being listed on Bithumb.
The prosecution also requested an arrest warrant for Ahn in April, but the court rejected it.
The suspect’s interrogation (warrant review) before Ahn’s arrest will be held on the 1st of next month at 2:00 pm at the Seoul Southern District Court with Yoo Hwan-woo, chief judge in charge of warrants.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kang is being tried on charges of stock price manipulation, embezzlement, and breach of trust by Bithumb affiliates Vident and Bucket Studio. Mr. Kang is accused of making an unfair profit of 35 billion won by means of issuing convertible bonds ( CB
) in 2021 at Bucket Studio and Inbiogen, etc. , and disseminating favorable information to raise stock prices. He is accused of causing a loss of 32 billion won to the company by transferring the call option at a low price. He is also accused of embezzling 62.8 billion won from Bithumb affiliates such as Vident.