US Military Base Embroiled in Corruption Case in South Korea

US military base in South Korea mired in corruption scandal

On Friday, South Korean prosecutors in Seoul raided the offices of SK Engineering and Construction, an affiliate of South Korea’s third largest conglomerate SK Group. They collected hard drives and documents with information on SK’s construction contracts at Humphreys in connection with their investigation.

SK has constructed multiple buildings on the base, along with building road, water and power networks.

According the US Department of Justice, between 2008 and 2012, Duane Nishiie, at the time a contracting officer for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and a former Korean Ministry of Defense official, Seung-Ju Lee, were charged with multiple crimes related to directing over $400 million (337 million euros) worth of contracts to SK in exchange for $3 million (2.5 million euros) in bribes. Prosecutors accuse the two of concealing the funds in bank accounts run by Lee.


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