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Posted : 2009-04-10 19:16
Updated : 2009-04-10 19:16

Shin Jeong-ah Released on Bail


Shin Jeong-ah emerges from Yeongdeungpo prison in Seoul after being released on bail, Friday. Shin was convicted of fabricating her academic credentials and embezzling funds from the corporate sponsorships of an art gallery where she served as a curator. / Yonhap
By Kang Shin-who
Staff Reporter

Shin Jeong-ah, 37, whose conviction for fabricating her educational credentials is to be reviewed, was released on bail about 18 months after she was put behind bars, Friday.

Shin and her ``sugar daddy'' Byeon Yang-kyoon, 58, a former presidential secretary, were convicted of influence peddling and fabrication of documents, respectively. Shin was sentenced to one year and six months in prison.

A Seoul court said that there was no particular reason to reject the grant of bail to her, and she will face a fresh trial on April 23 after the country's top court ordered a lower court to review the case.

Bombarded with questions from reporters, Shin, wearing a cap and with her head down, did not make any comment and got in a Lexus sedan and was driven away.

In 2005, Byeon pressured Dongguk University officials to hire Shin, who had fabricated her academic credentials to make it appear she had obtained a Ph.D. at Yale University.

kswho@koreatimes.co.kr

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