Veteran South Korean Singer Sentenced to 18 Months for Drug Abuse and Fraud

Kyung Ho Kim, Nov. 20, 2015, 9:06 a.m.

A local court on Friday sentenced a 18-month jail term to a once popular South Korean singer on charges of habitual drug abuse and fraud. The Suwon District Court found Gye Eun-sook, 53, guilty of regularly shooting up meth as well as of two accounts of fraud and ordered her to forfeit 800,000 won (US$693).

"While the defendant received a suspended sentence on Dec. 11, 2007 in Japan for violating the law on drug abuse, she used illegal drugs again in less than five years and has repeated use this year," the court said.

After returning to her home country later that month, Gye was indicted on charges of using illegal drugs several times from October 2012 at places such as her house and hotels. She was also accused of fraud, including a case where she leased a foreign car and put it up as collateral without making a payment. Gye made her debut in 1979 and rose to stardom a year later. She also enjoyed popularity in Japan after entering its music scene in 1985.

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