A local court imposed on Thursday the first fine to a woman considered to be the first violator of a recently enforced antigraft law in Korea.
On September 28th, the day when the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act came into effect, a middle-aged woman from Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Province, presented a police officer at Chuncheon Police Station, who was in charge of a case she had filed earlier, with a box of rice cakes worth 45,000 won or about 38 U.S. dollars. The woman reportedly did so to thank the officer for having adjusted investigation hours to accommodate her schedule.
Although the gift didn't surpass the price limit, the Chuncheon District Court ruled that regardless of the intention, or the price of the gift, the act of presenting a gift to an officer directly involved in an active public duty was a violation of the antigraft act, also known as the Kim Young-ran Law.
This marks the first case of a violation of the Kim Young-ran Law since it was enforced.
The antigraft act stipulates that gifts to public officers must not exceed the maximum amount of 50,000 won, or 43 dollars, while meals are limited to 30,000 won or 26 dollars.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.