UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Choi Soon-sil, the longtime friend and confidante of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on corruption charges.
Choi was at the center of a corruption and abuse of power scandal that resulted in Park’s removal from office and prosecution on over a dozen charges.
Choi was already serving a three year sentence for using her connections to get her daughter into a prestigious university.
Now a Seoul district court has found her guilty of colluding with Park to get businesses to donate millions of dollars to two of Choi’s foundations in exchange for government favors.
The court sentenced her to 20 years on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and ordered her to pay a $16.56 million fine.
The scandal also ensnared Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin who was sentenced on Tuesday to two and a half years in prison for bribery.