Microdot Posts Statement Following Confirmation Of Parents’ Prison Sentences For Fraud
Rapper Microdot has written a letter of apology and explanation after his parents’ prison sentences were confirmed.
According to their initial charges, Microdot’s parents ran a dairy farm in the city of Jecheon from 1990 to 1998. After borrowing a total of 400 million won (approximately $326,500) from 14 people including relatives and acquaintances, they fled the country to New Zealand in May 1998 without paying the money back. An investigation at the time was suspended because the police were unable to locate the couple.
Fraud accusations resurfaced in November 2018 when an alleged victim posted online about the incident, and Microdot initially made a statement saying he would take legal action against false rumors about his parents. However, he apologized the next day and said he hadn’t been aware of the situation as he was five years old at the time his parents moved to New Zealand, and he promised to personally speak to the victims.
In October 2019, the couple was sentenced to prison at their first trial. The husband was sentenced to three years in prison and the wife to one year, and they filed an appeal to protest the ruling.
At their April 24 second trial to address their appeal, the Cheongju District Court upheld the ruling of the first trial. The court stated, “The defendants reached agreements with a considerable number of the victims and they made deposits for a portion of it, however over 20 years later, they only paid the principal amount.” They added, “This sentence was decided on after considering everything including the value of money at the time of the crime and the mental distress suffered by the victims during that period.”
The court’s ruling mentions 10 fraud victims and damages of about 390 million won (approximately $318,300). The husband has stated that they came to an agreement with six of the victims and belatedly paid them 210 million won (approximately $171,400).
It was reported on May 1 that the couple submitted an appeal release to the court on April 29, meaning they did not appeal the final trial’s ruling. As the deadline to appeal has now passed, their prison sentences have been confirmed.
On May 1, Microdot posted the following letter on Instagram:
Hello. This is Microdot (Shin Jae Ho).
When the news report came out about my parents in November of 2018, I spoke carelessly without a full understanding of the situation and therefore hurt the victims, and I apologize for that.
I am ashamed of how careless I was then and I am still deeply reflecting on this.
I cannot turn back time with words, but the mistakes of my parents are also my mistakes, and my parents’ regrets are also the regrets that I must bear as their child.
I cannot fully fathom the suffering that the victims and their families went through during that long period of time.
That is why for the past year and a half I have been finding out the detailed truth and doing my best, although I am lacking, to correct my parents’ mistake.
Up until the final ruling was given on April 24, 2020, I had reached agreements with nine of the victims as my parents’ son, however there are four other people that I was unable to reach agreements with, and my parents were sentenced to prison.
I want to express my apologies once again to the people who suffered because of my parents and to the people who were hurt because of what I lack.
I was not good enough and I will look back on my actions and always be careful so that I do not make the same mistake again.
From Microdot (Shin Jae Ho).
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안녕하세요. 마이크로닷 (신재호) 입니다. 2018년 11월 저희 부모님에 대한 뉴스기사가 보도 되었을 때 상황을 정확하게 파악하지 못하고 경솔하게 말을 내뱉어 피해자분들에게 상처를 드린 점 죄송합니다. 그 때의 경솔했던 제 자신이 부끄럽고 지금도 깊이 반성하고 있습니다. 어떤 말로도 시간을 되돌릴 수 없지만 저를 낳아주신 부모님의 잘못은 저의 잘못이기도 하며 부모님의 반성 또한 자식인 제가 가져야 할 반성이기도 합니다. 피해자분들과 그 가족분들이 긴 시간 느끼셨을 고통을 제가 감히 다 알 수는 없을 것입니다. 그렇기에 저는 지난 일 년 반 동안 정확한 사실관계를 파악하고 부모님의 잘못을 바로 잡기 위해 많이 모자라지만 모든 노력을 다했습니다. 최종 판결이 내려진 2020년 4월 24일까지 부모님의 아들로서 아홉 분의 피해자분들과 합의를 하였으나 다른 네 분과는 합의점을 찾지 못하였고 부모님께서는 실형을 선고 받았습니다. 저희 부모님으로 인해 피해를 입으신 분들과 저의 부족함으로 인해 상처받으신 분들께 다시 한 번 죄송하다는 말씀을 드리고 싶습니다. 미흡했던 저의 행동들을 되돌아보며 앞으로 같은 실수를 반복하지 않도록 항상 주의하겠습니다. 마이크로닷 (신재호) 올림