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
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.