Police said the man, only identified by his surname Kim, worked in the finance department of a local semiconductor firm. He has been arrested for the crime of Overly Conspicuous Embezzlement, after other workers embezzling money in the finance department complained there was nothing left to steal.
Kim began working for the chipmaker in 2011, and almost immediately began transferring company money into his own accounts, 200 million won at a time. It took Kim two days to transfer the 4.7 billion won, after which he tried not to draw attention to himself by spending 610 million won on a Mercedes sedan, properties, plastic surgery and girls at local room salons.
The plan to blend in with other members of Seoul society initially seemed successful after colleagues stopped remarking on how poor Kim looked, but his company noticed the theft after being employees were unable to bay a bar bill after entertaining prospective clients. After police began looking for him, Kim fled to Gwangju – an area where Korea's capital city was once located but which is now largely a desolate wasteland. Unfortunately for Kim, his former employer's close connections with the political establishment resulted in police leaving Seoul to find him in the country's south-western badlands, and he was arrested.
Former colleagues said that they didn't recognize him after his return, but the police were able to charge him based on DNA evidence. It is believed Kim may now go on to testify against his former colleagues. Police say they will not charge the plastic surgeon with theft.
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