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SEOUL — A South Korean housewife who tried to sell two fake jobs at a 2nd Infantry Division installation was sentenced last week to eight months in prison for fraud, according to a Uijeongbu District Court spokesperson.

Ha Gi-ae had been accused of taking about $13,800 in bribes late last year from a fellow member of her church in Uijeongbu. According to a detective at the Uijeongbu Police Station, the woman claimed she had an acquaintance who worked at a dining facility of an unspecified Area II military installation and knew of a job opening there that included washing dishes and taking out the garbage for a monthly starting salary of about $2,000 and a signing bonus.

The victim gave Ha two payments in October and December to secure the job for himself and another job at the same facility for his brother. He became suspicious after the woman quit answering his phone calls and learning that she had not passed on any of his 10 resumes to dining facility management.

Ha, who is in her early 50s, is suspected of previously trying to sell a non-existent job at a Dongducheon base in 2011 to a South Korean civilian for the equivalent of nearly $12,000. Civilian jobs at U.S. military bases in South Korea are scarce but coveted because they are believed to offer stable, long-term employment.

The woman, who is being confined at the Uijeongbu prison, has filed an appeal.

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Yoo Kyong Chang is a reporter/translator covering the U.S. military from Camp Humphreys, South Korea. She graduated from Korea University and also studied at the University of Akron in Ohio.

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