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Officials named in South Korean gambling scandal

23 November 2006

SOUTH KOREA – As reported by the Korea Times: "After a three-month audit, the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) on Thursday forwarded to the prosecution a list of 36 people, including former and incumbent government officials, who it said are involved in the video arcade gambling machine scandal, often dubbed `Pada Iyagi,' or `Sea Story'.

"The 36 people include six former and incumbent officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and 13 officials of the state-funded Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB), which is under the control of the ministry.

"Between Aug. 21 and Oct. 29, the BAI dispatched some 30 officials to government agencies and video game manufacturers as well as to voucher distributors, who illegally allowed their customers to cash in their vouchers, called `Culture Gift Certificates.'

"…The gambling scandal erupted in August when prosecutors indicted the chief executives of the company that manufactured and distributed the Pada Iyagi machine. More than 45,000 units of the country's most popular video slot machine were sold…"

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