Soldier in South Korea gets 14 months for writing bad checks
A U.S. soldier was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months confinement after writing fraudulent checks to finance purchases he later sold on the black market.
Sgt. Young Kim also was sentenced at his court-martial to a bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and reduction of rank to E-1. Military judge Col. Gregory Gross presided over the trial at the Yongsan Garrison courtroom.
Kim pleaded guilty after admitting he engaged in a conspiracy to violate a U.S. Forces Korea regulation that prohibits black marketing, made a false official statement, repeatedly violated curfew hours and wrote fraudulent checks totaling $10,000.
On Sept. 29, Kim entered the Dragon Hill Lodge’s gift shop and bought more than 100 Kalbi Chusok Gift Sets, with intent to transfer them to an unauthorized buyer, according to court documents.
Upon purchase, Kim stated falsely that he was authorized to buy the sets on behalf of a USFK brigadier general, according to court documents.
He paid for the gift sets with a check for $1,498.50, money he knew he did not have in his account, according to court documents.
On Oct. 2, he wrote another fraudulent check — this time for $5,494.50 — to the Dragon Hill Lodge for more gift sets. In November, he wrote a fraudulent check from his Community Bank account to a USA Federal Credit Union account, according to court records.