After $4 mn fraud, plastic surgery, man arrested in a hostess bar post-Gangnam style binge

Feb 22 2013, 16:29 IST
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The Gangnam district has gained recent worldwide fame due to South Korean rapper Psy's Gangnam Style. (Reuters) The Gangnam district has gained recent worldwide fame due to South Korean rapper Psy's Gangnam Style. (Reuters)
SummaryMan's 10-day binge had an abrupt end with policemen turning up suddenly at a 'pleasure district'.

A South Korean man who embezzled more than USD 4.0 million and had plastic surgery to evade capture, has been arrested after a hostess bar spending spree in Seoul's upmarket Gangnam district.

The 33-year-old, identified as Yoon, was finally tracked down after two of his accomplices were arrested, police said today.

The head of the accounting department at a semi-conductor manufacturer, Yoon transferred USD 4.3 million of company funds to a series of secret bank accounts, police said.

Feigning a family emergency, he left the company in early January, withdrew much of the cash, and went on a 10-day binge in Gangnam, spending hundreds of millions of won in high-class hostess bars and buying a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

Worried that he might be spotted, Yoon went to the southern city of Gwangju where he had extensive plastic surgery to assume a new identity.

He then returned to his high-spending ways and hostess bars, but the police eventually caught up with him near Gwangju on Wednesday following a tip-off from his detained accomplices.

Yoon was "a totally different person" when he was taken into custody, a police spokeswoman in Asan told AFP.

"He'd had a nose and eye job, and his face had changed drastically," the spokeswoman said.

The Gangnam district has gained recent worldwide fame due to South Korean rapper Psy's Gangnam Style" -- a video parodying the trendy Seoul area which became the first YouTube upload to break a billion views.

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