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Woman sought for job-selling scam at US base in South Korea

SEOUL — South Korean police are investigating a middle-aged housewife suspected of trying to sell two fake jobs at a 2nd Infantry Division installation.

A detective at the Uijeongbu Police Station said the woman, in her early 50s, took bribes of 15 million won — about $13,800 — late last year from a fellow member at her church in Uijeongbu.

The woman told the man she had an acquaintance who worked at a dining facility at the military installation and knew of a job opening there. The detective said the installation was in Dongducheon, home to Camps Casey and Hovey, though he did not know the specific location.

The woman said the job, which included washing dishes and taking out the garbage, offered good working conditions, including a monthly starting salary of about $2,000 and a large bonus.

The alleged victim initially paid the woman about $4,600, on Oct. 29 in exchange for a promise he would be hired in January. In early December, he paid another $9,200 after the woman said she could secure a job for his brother at the same facility.

He became suspicious after learning that none of the 10 resumes he had given her had been passed on to dining facility management, and contacted police about two weeks ago after she quit answering his phone calls.

The detective said the woman has not yet submitted to police questioning about the case, and authorities are trying to find her through cell phone records and interviews with relatives.

He said the woman is suspected of previously trying to selling a non-existent job at a Dongducheon base in August 2011 to a South Korean civilian for 13 million won (nearly $12,000). She used a fake name and national identification number, and was not charged because she refused to go to the police station for questioning and officials could not find her, he said.

Civilian jobs for South Koreans at U.S. Forces Korea bases are scarce but coveted because they are believed to offer stable, long-term employment.

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