Former Kangwon CEO to serve three years prison

The former head of state-run casino operator Kangwon Land has been sentenced to three years prison for conducting illicit hiring practices between 2011-2014, local media reports.

Choi Hung-jib, former CEO of Kangwon Land Co. was indicted for instructing his officials to favor candidates with ties to high-profile politicians during the hiring process.

Last year, two lawmakers from the main opposition party in South Korea were also indicted in connection to the job placement scandal.

Representatives Kweon Seong-dong and Yeom Dong-yeol were charged with abuse of power and business interference but were not detained.

Choi Hung-jib was immediately remanded in custody following the court ruling, which took place at the Chuncheon District Court.