S Korean citizen held in US in oil-for-food scandal
Tongsun Park, accused of accepting millions of dollars from Iraq in the UN oil-for-food scandal was arrested by the FBI in Houston.world Updated: Jan 07, 2006 08:49 IST
A South Korean businessman accused of accepting millions of dollars from Iraq in the UN oil-for-food scandal was arrested by the FBI in Houston.
The arrest of Tongsun Park by FBI agents on Friday came as new criminal charges against him were unsealed in US District Court in Manhattan, according to a release from US Attorney Michael J Garcia.
The charges related to a scheme in which Park allegedly conspired to assist the government of Iraq during the creation of the UN's oil-for-food programme.
Park, a South Korean citizen, had been charged with accepting millions of dollars from the Iraqi government while he operated in the United States as an unregistered agent for the Iraqi government's effort to create the oil-for-food programme.