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SEOUL — The owner of a prominent realty company placed off-limits in February and investigated for criminal wrongdoing said she expects U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan officials to allow her to resume working with Area II troops soon.

Julie Baek, head of Julie’s Realty, said the former head of Installation Management Command-Korea wrote in a June 20 letter that she could immediately begin working again in Areas I and III.

The letter, from Brig. Gen. Al Aycock, also said a disciplinary board would consider allowing her to work with Yongsan personnel again if she agreed to take "corrective actions" and give them additional information related to the case, according to Baek.

Baek declined Tuesday to say what action she has taken, but said she provided the requested information June 30 and is waiting on their decision. She also declined to provide the letter to Stars and Stripes.

Installation Management officials declined this week to provide a copy of Aycock’s letter because of "privacy concerns." IMCOM spokesman Ed Johnson would not cite Department of Defense regulations allowing the command to withhold the document.

Military officials have refused since February to say why Julie’s Realty was placed off-limits.

They also have not answered questions this week about the status of a Criminal Investigation Division probe into the company, or when the disciplinary board will make a decision about reinstating it.

Baek has said little about the case except that there had been a misunderstanding and she expected the off-limits designation to be overturned through an appeals process.

She said she met with the disciplinary board in March and April, but the board met without her in May.

Julie’s Realty also was put off-limits in Area III, which includes Camp Humphreys, from Feb. 29 to May 9, according to Area III spokesman Bob McElroy. IMCOM officials did not answer Stripes’ questions about when Julie’s Realty was placed off-limits in Area I.

A Yongsan spokesman previously told Stripes that Julie’s Realty was off-limits only in Area II.

Baek said she closed her Yongsan office, near Samgakji subway station and a short walk from Yongsan’s Gate One, in May because the off-limits designation hurt her business.

"My only wish at this time is that I be allowed to once again do the work that I love and have built my life around," she said this week.

USFK personnel are allowed to keep contracts made through Julie’s Realty before Feb. 15, but aren’t allowed to make new contracts when the business is off-limits.

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