Gangster arrested for blackmailing professor and swindling parent
By Kim Eun-ji
A 32-year-old gangster was arrested Tuesday on attempted blackmailing and fraud charges after failing to lobby a professor for college admissions.
The gangster was identified as Park, attending Kyung Hee University in Yongin as a student. He was short of money when his professor, Lee, informed him of a mother, surnamed Jang, who was concerned about her daughter’s college admission, according to the prosecution.
Lee introduced Park as an influential aide to the chairman of the board, and Jang paid 100 million won, as asked, which Park squandered, according to the prosecutors.
Park started harassing the professor in April when Jang asked for the 100 million won back for failing to return the favor, they said.
He used the recorded videotape of drunk professor lying with a woman in a motel– part of the plan when Lee tried to bribe him with expensive alcohol.
“I’m at Jungneung (referring to the gang’s name) … I’ll give you a week,” said Park, according to police. “I will visit your house. If words spread, would I, a gangster, get filthier, or would your, the professor’s, status be tainted?”
Although the professor had not engaged in sex in the situation, Park pressed him to pay 200 million won in order to save his face.
Park even used a friend to threaten for 70 million won, saying he found the file on an Internet café’s computer screen and will upload it online, reports said.
The blackmailing ended with Park’s arrest after professor’s report to police. Lee is currently denying the charges.