LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States At…

LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and MARK J. MERSHON, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the arrest of PARK IL
WOO, a/k/a “Steve Park,” on charges that he repeatedly lied to
FBI agents about his activities in the United States on behalf of
the Republic of Korea (commonly known as South Korea), from 2005
to the present. Agents also executed a search warrant at PARK’s
Manhattan residence simultaneous to the arrest.

According to the complaint and search warrant affidavit, incorporated by reference in the complaint:

PARK, 58, a lawful permanent resident of the United
States, engaged in conduct in the United States on behalf of the
South Korea by, among other things, obtaining information from
officials of another foreign government and providing that
information to South Korean officials in exchange for payment.
For example, during a recorded telephone call, PARK relayed to a
South Korean official working in Manhattan that officials of the
other foreign government had asked PARK to help them obtain
certain items, including insecticides and anesthetics. However,
the Complaint alleges, on three occasions in 2005 and 2007, PARK
gave false information to FBI agents regarding his contacts with
or knowledge of certain South Korean officials. For example, on
March 20, 2007, FBI agents showed PARK photographs of certain
South Korean officials working in Manhattan, and PARK stated that
he did not know two of the officials. PARK then drove directly
from that FBI interview to a restaurant in New Jersey, where he met with one of the South Korean officials he claimed not to
know.

PARK is scheduled to appear this afternoon before
United States Magistrate Judge RONALD L. ELLIS in Manhattan
federal court.

Mr. GARCIA praised the efforts of the FBI for their
efforts in this continuing investigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys JENNIFER G. RODGERS
and STEPHEN A. MILLER are in charge of this prosecution.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint
and documents incorporated by reference are merely accusations,
and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven
guilty.

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