Woman Receives Prison Sentence For Selling Fake Tickets To K-Pop Concerts

A woman has been sentenced to prison for committing fraud by pretending to sell tickets to K-pop concerts and then taking money from the buyers.

On April 2, Judge Park Soo Hyun of the Seoul Western District Court stated that a 26-year-old woman identified as “Jung” received a sentence of a year and seven months in prison for charges of fraud and blackmail. In addition, “Jung” was ordered to pay the victim who has requested for compensation a total of 42,755,000 won (approximately $37,707).

From March 2018 to September 2018, “Jung” scammed about 8.6 million won (approximately $7,387) out of 19 individuals by pretending to sell tickets to concerts by famous K-pop idol groups. “Jung” targeted victims by commenting on fans’ social media posts showing interest in buying concert tickets. After receiving money from the individuals, she cut off contact.

“Jung” was also charged for blackmailing a person identified as “A,” whom she met through a celebrity’s fan meeting event. “Jung” first asked “A” to borrow money with the excuse of not being able to withdraw money from her bank account and continued to borrow money that totaled up to 32 million won (approximately $27,487) over 28 instances. “Jung” borrowed an additional 10 million won (approximately $8,590) by blackmailing “A” and threatening to tell on her activities as a fan to her colleagues at work.

“Jung” had previously received an eight-month prison sentence for similar charges in 2016. The Department of Justice explained the reason behind the sentence, “The defendant has been accused of similar charges before, and even after being imprisoned for the charges, she repeated the crime.”

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