Prosecutors raid Woori Bank’s headquarters over fund scam case
SEOUL, The prosecution on Wednesday raided the headquarters of Woori Bank in connection with a snowballing financial fraud scandal involving a hedge fund, officials said.
Investigators from the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors Office raided the headquarters in central Seoul to secure materials related to Lime Asset Management.
The prosecution has made a series of raids in recent weeks at brokerages and financial firms, including Shinhan Investment Corp., KB Securities and Korea Investment & Securities Co, over allegations that they missold Lime funds.
The prosecution already raided the bank in February to investigate whether it knowingly sold fraudulent Lime fund products. But it is not yet clear what made them search again this time.
Lime is under a probe over its alleged cover-up of massive losses and subsequent suspension of fund redemption worth an estimated 1.6 trillion won (US$1.39 billion).
The case is developing into a high-profile lobbying scandal, in which former and incumbent high-ranking government officials and politicians are embroiled.
Kim Bong-hyun, a prime suspect in the scam case, argued in a letter sent from his jail cell last month that he lobbied influential people, including the president and vice president of the bank to resume selling Lime funds.
Source: Yonhap News Agency