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Doomsday Cult Leader Arrested
January 25, 2000
BBC News

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The leader of a South Korean doomsday cult has been arrested after allegations that he swindled nearly $90m from his followers by promising them eternal life.

The man, Mo Haeng-Ryong, is said to have told them that the world would end on 19 February, but that they would be spared if they donated money to build a shrine where they would be able to strengthen their own mystical energy.

Prosecutors arrested Mr Mo, 66, and his wife as he was preparing to leave the country. The police are looking for at least 10 other people.

Heaven's Gathering

Known as Chun Jon Hoe - Heaven's Gathering - the cult was based in Hongchun, 200km north-east of the capital, Seoul.

A BBC correspondent in Seoul, Andrew Wood, says South Korea is fertile ground for religions new and old. It is the most Christian country on the mainland of East Asia, with hundreds of new sects.

It is also well known as home of the Unification Church, whose followers are often nicknamed Moonies, after the church's founder the Reverend Moon.

Some experts say there were up to 70 self- proclaimed Messiahs operating in South Korea in the 1960s.

The authorities say that the Chun Jon Hoe movement has 100,000-150,000 members. It is said to incorporate traditional shamanistic thinking with Confucion elements.

And two near-identical articles from Rick Ross's site from the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press:

Update: Rick Ross moved his site sometime in early 2013 to new servers. The new urls for the above links are:
http://culteducation.com/reference/jungshim/jungshim2.html
http://culteducation.com/reference/jungshim/jungshim3.html
Update Feb. 25, 2015: Those articles are now located here:  http://www.culteducation.com/group/989-innersound-ki-health.html

The Chicago Tribune article is still online here.

Korean Doomsday Cult Sentenced

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A South Korean court sentenced two leaders of a doomsday cult to 10 years in prison each Tuesday on charges of swindling followers out of millions of dollars.

Mo Haeng-ryong, 66, founder and head of the indigenous Chunjonhoe, or Heaven's Gathering, and his wife, Park Kui-dal, 52, were found guilty of fraud in Seoul District Criminal Court.

A dozen other cult leaders were given prison terms of up to six years on the same charges.

They were arrested following a search of the cult's headquarters in Hongchun, 125 miles northeast of Seoul, in January.

The cult, which incorporates Confucianism elements, urged followers to donate all their money, saying the world would end on Feb. 19 when it lost all its spiritual energy, prosecutors said.

With doomsday approaching, the cult leaders were preparing to flee the country with much of the money, prosecutors said.

The total amount of money scammed by the cult is estimated at $35 million.

Some of the money went to building the shrine and operating the cult's three businesses, including food, distribution and construction.

The cult was established in 1985 by Mo and his wife, who claimed they were given an order from heaven to build a holy shrine, called Daerachun, or big spiritual heaven, at Hongchun. The cult claims 150,000 members.

June 17, 2008, 10:15:16 AM
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2008, 10:15:16 AM »
http://hss.fullerton.edu/comparative/chonjonhoe.htm had copies of longer articles from the Korea Herald and the China Post (No longer available at that link).

Doomsday Cult Leaders Sentenced to Prison
Korea Herald, July 12, 2000


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The Seoul District Court yesterday sentenced three leaders of the "Chojonhoe" doomsday cult to prison terms after finding them guilty of
swindling their 1,500 followers out of tens of billions of won.

Chonjonhoe founder Mo Haeng-ryong, 66, and his wife Park Kui-dal, 52, were both sentenced to 10 years in prison, and Lee Nak-woo, 47, the cult's secretary-general, was given a six-year jail term. They were all convicted on fraud charges.

The court gave 27 other members of the cult indicted for the same charges two to two and a half-year suspended sentences.

While meting out the sentences, the judges explained that the court gave relatively light punishments to the 27 Chojonhoe members because they had no previous criminal records and regretted blindly believing the leaders and involving themselves in criminal acts.

According to prosecutors, the three leaders began to deceive believers in 1990 by spreading the message that the end of the world would come in 2000. They had their followers take out loans worth about 38 billion won ($34 million) from 5,000 financial institutions across the country over the past 10 years.

To get the loans, they used such fraudulent means as having believers offer mutual credit guarantees to each other.

Mo and Park then used the money to live in luxury, establishing about 10 companies of their own and building a large religious complex in Hongchon, Kangwon Province.

Cult Leaders Accused of Swindling $1b
by Roger Dean Du Mars ("South China Morning Post", July 11, 2000)

Currently online at: http://culteducation.com/information/1289-general-information/8298-cult-leaders-accused-of-swindling-1-billion-.html

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In the nation's most extensive fraud committed by a cult, a married couple have been accused of
swindling up to US$130 million (HK$1 billion) from 1,500 believers.

The Seoul District Prosecutor's office said in addition to the two ringleaders, Mo Haeng-ryong, 65, and his
wife Park Kui-dal, 41, it indicted 42 other suspects and placed on a wanted list 113 members involved in
the scam.

The "Chonjonhoe" cult, with 20 churches across the country, lured members by promising material and
spiritual rewards that needed to be quickly acquired before the end of the world.

Prosecutors said 38 billion won (HK$264 million) had been uncovered.

"Finding all the money the cult leaders improperly acquired and hid in many investments will be a long
task for us," a prosecutor said. "These people were expert professionals in how they got believers and
manipulated all the money."

The prosecution is seeking to imprison the couple for 15 years, the maximum sentence for the crime.

The next largest case of cult fraud was in 1996, when 10 leaders of the "Aga Dongsan" group cheated
members out of 7.2 billion won and embezzled 27 billion won.

Known for extreme religious beliefs, Koreans belong to 34 church denominations, 332 sects and 200 cults.
The cults have more than 300,000 followers.

"There is no way we can control the spread of cults," said an official at the religious affairs division at the
Ministry of Culture. "In this country there is freedom of religion and these groups don't have to register.
Aberrant behaviour of the religious organisations can only be discovered and halted when crimes are
committed."

Kim Kwang-ok, professor of anthropology at Seoul National University, said the spread of the cults could
be traced to a struggle to adapt.

"Over the years Korea has gone through radical social change, including the obsession with
capitalism," he said. "Difficulty in adapting causes outlandish behaviour."

Mo and Park, who had registered the cult as a mainstream church in 1985, claimed to be sent to
earth from heaven and convinced followers of the chance to find eternal happiness.

Prosecutors alleged the couple and the other ringleaders took out credit loans worth 31 billion won
at 5,000 institutions and collected 3.5 billion won in donations.

The loans were made in the names of the followers. The money was used to form 10 companies and build
an elaborate religious complex. The cult members included government officials, wealthy businessmen,
teachers, salarymen, taxi drivers, soldiers and housewives.

Korean Doomsday Cult Members Suspected in $134 Mln Fraud Case
(Bloomberg, July 10, 2000)


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Korean prosecutors arrested 42 members of a doomsday cult, including leader Mo Haeng Ryong and his wife Park Kui Dal, on allegations they may have stolen as much as 150 billion won ($134 million) in the nation's biggest fraud case involving a religious group.

Prosecutors are looking for an additional 113 members of the cult known as Chonjonhoe, established in 1985 by Mo and his wife, who gathered disciples after deifying themselves. The cult, which spread messages saying the end of the world will come this year, had about 1,500 followers, including lawyers, businessmen and government officials.

Prosecutors said the cult swindled funds over the last 10 years from at least 5,000 financial institutions nationwide under their followers' names. Mo also set up about 10 companies and spent 15 billion won building a religious complex in the eastern part of Korea, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors have asked the government to cancel Chonjonhoe's registration and are investigating whether Mo and his wife may have stashed away more funds. Prosecutors are seeking a 15-year jail term for the couple, the maximum penalty allowed.

June 17, 2008, 10:23:06 AM
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2008, 10:23:06 AM »
And from the Korea Times via Hartford-hwp.com:

15-Year Jail Term Sought for Doomsday Cult Leader
The Korea Times, 9 July 2000


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Prosecutors have demanded a 15-year jail term for a doomsday cult leader on charges of defrauding nearly 1,500 followers, including lawyers, public servants, school teachers and military personnel, of more than 30 billion won.

The Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office demanded harsh punishment for Mo Haeng-ryong, 66, the cult leader, and 41 other officials on fraud charges under a special law related to business crimes. Prosecutors also placed 113 other officials on the wanted list on similar charges.

This is the largest religion-based fraud case yet in terms of the number of people involved and the financial damage.

Mo began to gather his followers in 1985 by conducting ki practices and professed himself to be a god from heaven. He formed a religious cult while advocating a doomsday scenario that the world would come to an end in the year 2000.

His cult, Chonjonhoi, set up 20 chapters across the country and began full-blown frauds targeting his followers.

The prosecution charged Mo and his key officials with committing nearly 2,500 loan frauds against banks and other financial institutions over the last 10 years. The amount of confirmed damage is estimated at 38.4 billion won, including 3.5 billion won which was directly donated by followers.

But investigators speculate that the nationwide total related to the cult’s frauds would reach nearly 150 billion won, if unconfirmed damage is included.

The fraud case especially shocked the nation as many of the followers who had been the target of frauds had professional jobs. Many of them were driven into rupture for their involvement in the cult, losing jobs, getting divorced and attempting suicide.

The cult leader forced his followers to cross-guarantee loans and sell homes in the name of building a holy place.

He spent 10 billion won on forming the First Millennium Group,which had 10 affiliates, including a food company, under its wing and poured 15 billion won into building the holy place in Hongchon, Kangwon-do.

Mo and his wife have been enjoying a luxurious life both at home and abroad while committing several real estate-related frauds in some South Pacific islands.

June 17, 2008, 10:33:22 AM
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008, 10:33:22 AM »
A mention at time.com and CNN

http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/2000/0207/milestones.html
http://www-cgi.cnn.com/ASIANOW/time/magazine/2000/0207/milestones.html

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ARRESTED. MO HAENG RYONG, 66, leader of the South Korean doomsday cult known as Chun Jon Hoe (Heaven's Gathering), along with his wife, after allegations they swindled followers out of $90 million by promising eternal life; in Seoul. The pair convinced more than 100,000 members that they could avoid the end of the world by donating funds to construct a shrine that would strengthen their mystical energy and keep them alive.


And Tribune India has a mention from AFP:

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2000/20000711/world.htm

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Cult leaders indicted
SEOUL: The husband and wife leaders of a doomsday sect, accused of swindling millions of dollars from its followers, have been indicted in South Korea’s biggest ever cult fraud, it was reported here on Monday. Mo Haeng-Ryong (66) and wife Park Kui-Dal (52) were formally charged on Sunday for their part in the scam, the English-language ‘Korea Herald’ reported. Mo’s "Chonjonhoe" cult obtained millions in donations from followers across the country. The prosecutors have also charged 40 other cult members for fraud charges amounting to 38 billion won ($ 34 million), and have put another 113 cult members on a wanted list. — AFP

A brief mention in this opinion piece about cults from China's People Daily
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200102/12/eng20010212_62157.html

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In November 2000, the Seoul Higher Court of the Republic of Korea also tried Mo Haeng-ryong and his wife Park Kui-dal,
founders of the deceitful heretic "Chonjonhoe" doomsday cult.

August 16, 2008, 04:57:30 PM
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2008, 04:57:30 PM »
This came in from some friends who are doing quite a bit of digging.

English translations of some of the court documents:








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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2008, 12:44:01 PM »
Another BBC article from 2000. Almost identical to the other one, but a little shorter:

South Korea Arrests Doomsday Cult Leader
Tuesday, 25 January, 2000, 06:51 GMT

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Prosecutors in South Korea have arrested the leader of a doomsday cult, who's alleged to have swindled nearly ninety-million dollars from his followers by promising them eternal life.

The man, Mo Haeng-Ryong, is said to have told them that the world would end on the nineteenth of February, but that they would be spared if they donated money to build a shrine where they would be able to strengthen their own mystical energy.

Prosecutors say Mr Mo was preparing to leave the country when he was detained.

The cult is believed to have up to a-hundred-thousand members in South Korea. Known as Heaven's Gathering, it was based in Hongchun, 200 kilometres northeast of the capital, Seoul.

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2012, 12:45:27 PM »
Prosecutors Arrest Cult Leaders
(Lee Myeongjin, mjlee@chosun.com)

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Prosecutors announced Sunday that they have arrested forty-two members of a doomsday cult called Cheonjonhoe, including its highly deified husband and wife leadership.

They said that the group is suspected of at least W38 billion worth of loan frauds, noting also that this could be a new record high for Korean religious scandals.

Prosecutors are looking for an additional 113 members of the organization, and say they eventually expect to find somewhere around W100 billion in additional fraud maneuvered through 2,432 loans from some 5,000 banks nationwide.

Cheonjonhoe's membership stands at around 1,500 believers, including middle-ranking officials at national government agencies, lawyers, doctors of Oriental medicine, soldiers, teachers, and other professions that are at an advantage when seeking loans. Unlike most doomsday cults, it had achieved enough legitimacy to be registered with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as a religious organization.

The cult's founders, husband and wife team Mo Haeng-ryong and Bak Gwi-dal, first began preaching that they had received a revelation while in the mountains in 1985, and in 1990 began telling believers that the world would come to an end in the year 2000. Once arrested, however, the couple announced through their lawyer, now also under arrest, that the end of the world had been delayed ten years. The organization has a W150 billion temple in Hongcheong, Kangwon Province.

January 30, 2013, 03:01:02 PM
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013, 03:01:02 PM »
Translations of 2 Korean articles

Heaven's Gathering Leader Sentence Confirmed
The Hankyoreh Gwang-seob Jeong, reporter (iguassu@hani.co.kr)
29 October, 2001
 
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Sentencing was handed down in the 1st Supreme Court of Korea (Chief Justice, Gi-won Bae) in the case where the Heaven's Gathering leader and his wife used believers' church offerings and induced their followers to go to the bank, giving assurance for each other to obtain loans, in violation of the Additional Punishment Law on Specific Crimes.  Defendants Mr. Haengryong Mo (67), and his wife Mrs. Gwi-dal Park (53) were sentenced to 8 years and 5 years, respectively, for their crimes.  

In the justices' remarks, they stated, "The defendants told their believers that doomsday was coming, and thereby extorted money from them.

Furthermore, through this doomsday prophesy, they convinced their believers to go to banks, co-sign for one another, and receive further funds - a total of 30 billion won (300억원)-  through bank loans, in addition to the 3 billion won (30억원) the leader and his wife took from their followers."  

In 2000, followers of the Heaven's Gathering movement sued the leaders, and in March, the Supreme Court handed out an innocent verdict and sent the case to a lower court.  The case then went to the Seoul High Court, and the judges declared a guilty verdict. It was then redirected back to the Supreme Court when the defendants appealed the decision, whereupon the Supreme Court judges declared a definitive, guilty verdict.
 
Doomsday Group “Heaven's Gathering”'s 38.4 billion won Loan Scam Stole from 1500 Believers...Leader, Wife and 42 People in Total Charged
Chosun Daily
Myeong-Jin Lee, reporter (mjlee@chosun.com)
10 July, 2000
 
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On 9 July, 2000, the Seoul Prosecutor sentenced Heaven's Gathering - a doomsday religious group with approximately 1500 members - for using its members to get approximately 38 billion won through bank loans.  

Mr. Hyo-nam Moon, director of the The Seoul District Public Prosecutor's Office's Major Crimes department, investigated the group (Heaven's Gathering), and leader Mr. Haengryong Mo  and his wife, Gwi-dal Park, as well as the secretary (of finances), Nak-woo Lee (47), the group's lawyer, Dong-beom Gang (43), and others - a total of 42 people - and formally charged them.  Furthermore, Mr. Hyo-nam Moon sought to prosecute another 113 members of the religious group.  

As a result of their investigation, it was discovered that the leader had told his followers that someone from heaven visited him on Cheonma Mountain and spoke to him personally.  In addition, from 1985, the leader gathered disciples (additional followers) with the pretense of teaching them how to create ki [universal energy; spirit].  

In 1990, the leader then prophesied that doomsday would come in 2000, and spread his prediction far and wide.  Mr. Mo, the leader, continued to spread his prophesy and made 23 doomsday groups throughout South Korea. Using his followers, he was able to obtain 2,432 small loans from 5,000 banks around the country.  According to the investigation, the total funds - for which there is evidence - obtained through this fraud amounted to 38.4 billion won (384억원).  The prosecutor suspects that the total  is over 100 billion won (1000억원).  The investigation concluded that the leader, Mr. Mo, lied to banks to obtain 10 billion won (100억원), through which he established 10 companies, together known as FM Group, and named his son as the Vice President.  

He spent 15 billion won (150억원) to construct a building called Daeracheon Palace in Hongcheon city, in Gangwon Province. His other victims  in this fraud included numerous other individuals, involving civil servants in the central government, lawyers, oriental medicine doctors, teachers, military personnel, and so on, so-called white-collar workers who can easily obtain bank loans.  Among those, the deputy director of the government's financial department, Mr. K (48) borrowed 540 million won (5억4천원) from the bank, but over time was not able to pay the interest payments, and retired from his job.  Another victim, Mr. Y (41), along with a colonel in the army, Mr. C (46), borrowed large sums of money, and also, due to the high interest payments, had to quit their jobs.  Dong-beom Gang (43), a lawyer, one of the perpetrators of this fraud, was directly involved in the group's members' borrowing of   2.1 billion won (21억원) from banks.  

When the leader, Mr. Mo, and his wife were arrested by the prosecutor, Mr. Gang insisted it was a suppression of religious freedoms.  Mr. Gang told the followers that the leader declared that doomsday was delayed by one year.  The prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for a high-ranking member of the church, and while attempting to trace the location of the slush funds collected by the leader through his scheme, the prosecutor requested the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to revoke the church organization's legal recognition, and also had its property seized.  

The prosecutor said, "Because Heaven's Gathering was a legally recognized religion, people didn't think it was fake, and believed it more easily.  Thus, white-collar workers were more easily attracted to it.  When there are incidents involving churches, usually they are not very significant, but this time, the amount of money involved is larger, and the methods were more sophisticated."


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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2013, 03:45:23 PM »
A friend of a friend passed this to me several years ago, it provides a lot more details about the victims than the English articles:

The following is a edited free translation of several articles that appeared in a Korean Newspapers (Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, Hankyere Sinmun, Mail Sinmun) between 09 and 10 July 2000.

Religious Cult Fraud Reaching 15 billion Won
09 July 2000 18:12

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1,500 followers including public servants, teachers involved in Loan Frauds.

It has been revealed that a millenarian cult ‘Chun Jon Hoei’ tricked its 1,500 followers to borrow money by mutual-guaranteeing which left the followers with debts amounting to 15 billion won.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Moon Hyo Nam of Seoul Provincial Prosecution investigated this case for the past 6 months and made his report on the 9th. In this report he announced the arrest of 42 core members including the heads of the cult Mo Haeng Ryong (66) and Park Gui Dal(52) couple, and the head of the religious affairs of the cult, Yi Nak Woo(47), legal adviser Kang Dong Bum (44, Lawyer), on the charge of violation of the Special Aggravated Law on Economic Activities. 113 other leaders of the cult are also ordered to be arrested.
 
According to the Prosecution, the total cases of frauds relating to ‘Chun Jon Hoei’ reaches 2,432 and of the estimated 15 billion won, 3.84 billion has so far been confirmed. In terms of the number of people involved, and in terms of the monetary damage, this is the biggest religious fraud case unearthed in Korea so far. The Prosecution is pushing for 15 years imprisonment for the heads of the cult Mo and his wife Park. This is the maximum penalty under the law. At the same time the prosecution also asked authorities to revoke license for Chun Jon Hoei as a legal religious body. The public hearing will be held in 11th.
 
The members involved came from wide range of social background including public servants, school teachers, members of police, accountants, lawyers, reporters, bankers, miners. Many of these lost their jobs, went through divorce, left home, arrested, or attempted suicides – the investigation found out.

One unnamed public servant in central administration Mr K. (48) borrowed 540,000,000 won through mutual guaranteeing and could not repay the debt which resulted in his losing the post and another public servant working as a health and safety officer for a city, Mrs L (46), divorced and stayed in the monastery of ‘Chun Jon Hoei’; Mr. Y(41), a high school teacher, put his house as security to borrow 25,000,000 won and donated it to ‘Chun Jon Hoei’ and retired from his job; An army Lt. Major C (46) also retired after his involvement in a fraud loans was found out.

According to the investigation all these and many other public servants, teachers, bankers and so on were regarded as ‘honorary disciples’ in return for the heavy loans they made and most of them lost their job after being harassed by the debtors for years. Some of them tried suicide and some resorted blindly to the ‘Ki treatment’ and lost their lives.

A rock singer M (46) from Australia had been suffering from ‘occiput cancer’ and came to Korea to receive ‘Ki treatment’ but the cancer spread to his spine and died two months after his return to Australia. A lady member (aged 39) committed suicide in Pu San after suffering from extreme poverty due to the excessive loans, and another fervent follower refused to receive medical treatment due to his commitment to the ‘Ki treatment’ but died in ‘Dae Ra Chun Gung’  In another case Mr. B (37) forced his wife to abort their baby ‘as the end of the world is at hand’ and devoted himself to ‘ki treatment’ and died.

Many professionals such as lawyers, medical doctors, reporters were also trapped into the fold. Kang Dong Bum (43, arrested) entered ‘Chun Jon Hoei’ before he qualified as a lawyer and he worked as the legal adviser. He was also involved in a fraud case of 2.1 billion won. During the trial he defended the leaders arguing that the prosecution is committing religious persecution and told that the leaders received a message from heaven while in prison that the end of the world was postponed by a year.

A director of a university hospital and five other doctors were deceived by Mr. Mo who told them that he would build a hospital for them and involved themselves in a fraud reaching 2 billion won. A report in Pu San Mr. S (49) made 900 million won debt believing the end of the world is coming.

About Chun Jon Hoei.

Chun Jon Hoei (or Chun Do Sun Bup ) started in 1985 as a Ki training organisation. There are over 300 training centres in Korea and 13 overseas centres in 6 other countries. The total number of the followers is estimated at 150 thousand.

In the early 1990s Chun Jon Hoei emerged as a religious cult when the leader Mo Haeng Ryong deified himself as ‘Ha Kye Hun Jon ’ with the expansion of the organisation. From this time, he disseminated that the end of the world will come in the year 2000.

At the same time Mo started his frolic frauds through 20 branches all over the country making excuses of donations and loans. Manipulating some of the extracted money (about 10 billion won) he established 10 companies (one of them being ‘Han Pu Ri Foods’) and appointed his son as the chairman of ‘FM Group’.

In 1991 he built ‘Dae Ra Chun Gung’ in Hong Cheon costing 1billion won and attempted to develop properties in Marshall islands deceiving the followers that he is building a place to save followers when the end of the world comes.

November 27, 2013, 11:07:52 PM
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2013, 11:07:52 PM »
Korean news report (MBC) on the arrest of the founders:

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IInvestigation into the leader of Cheon Jon Hoe.  Believers donate10,000,000,000 won, family breakdown, etc. (Kim Seong Hwan)

 [10,000,000,000 won in donations lost]

Anchor: An investigation by prosecutors  into 10,000,000,000 donated under coercion to the leader of Cheon Jon Hoe exposes a sad situation.   

Among the victims were numerous intellectuals, many of whom also lost assets and families.

Kim Seong Hwan reporting.

Reporter: The Cheon Jon Hoe leadership suggested the end of the world was coming and lived luxuriously using donations from believers.

Interview: Seven years of chaos will come.

Reporter: Believers scrambled to offer their property.
The deputy director of a government branch gave 800,000,000 won, one police officer in Seongnam went so far as to get a loan to provide 2,200,000,000 won, and the president of one company gave 2,000,000,000 in money and buildings.
Among the believers were about thirty public servants, ten teachers, and ten bank workers.
Most believers gave up families and jobs and took out huge loans.  Some even committed suicide. 

Victim: The first end of the world came in 1993.
Some people believed it so strongly that they later killed themselves in disappointment

Reporter: Uniforms and deadly weapons, including crossbows, were seized from guards who had protected the leaders of Cheon Jon Hoe.

Prosecutor Bae Seong Beom (Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office): The investigation exposed an accumulation of damages to countless victims, and we expect that from here on we will find the extent of the damages to be even greater.

Reporter: Seven people, including leader Mo Haeng Ryong and his wife, will appear on trial for these charges tomorrow.

November 27, 2013, 11:34:03 PM
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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2013, 11:34:03 PM »
Another mention of the arrests in this article from The China Daily about cults in general:
http://app1.chinadaily.com.cn/highlights/falungong/storydb/cult/1228.htm

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In South Korea, three leaders of the "Chonjonhoe" doomsday cult were put in prison this year for their role in the country's biggest cult fraud. Mo Haeng-ryong and his wife Park Kui-dal received eight and seven-year prison terms respectively, and Lee Nak-woo, the cult's general secretary, was jailed for five years.

According to prosecutors, Mo and Park set up the cult in 1985, and quickly gathered disciples after "deifying" themselves. In 1990, they began preaching that the end of the world was at hand and strengthened their influence through 20 churches across the country. They secured credit loans in their followers' names from about 5,000 financial institutions and used the cash to finance a luxurious lifestyle.

Prosecutors accused 40 other cult members of fraud amounting to 38 billion won (US$34 million) and put another 113 cult members on a wanted list.


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Re: Mo Haeng-ryong & Park Kui-dal Convicted of Fraud (Korea 2000)
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2014, 07:51:35 PM »
Rick Ross is reorganizing his huge database of articles. As of now (April 2, 2014) the following links work, but there is some overlap. Eventually all the articles will be on the one page.
Update: Articles merged into one thread. All is right with the world again:

http://www.culteducation.com/group/989-innersound-ki-health.html

And here's a brief reference to a 2000 article that's available on microfilm:
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article/straitstimes20000711-1.2.20.11.2.aspx