NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s nephew was condemned on Thursday to 6 months in U.S. jail for a temptation intrigue that he suspicion would outcome in a sale of a Vietnamese building formidable to a Qatari emperor resources fund, emperor prosecutors said.
Joo Hyun “Dennis” Bahn, a South Korean citizen vital in a United States, was condemned by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan. He had pleaded guilty in Jan to swindling and violating a U.S. unfamiliar crime law.
A counsel for Bahn could not immediately be reached for comment.
In his guilty plea, Bahn certified that in 2014 and 2015, he attempted to arrange a cheat to secure a sale of Hanoi’s Landmark 72 building complex, owned by Korean construction association Keangnam Enterprises Co Ltd. Bahn’s father, Ban Ki-sang, was an executive during a company.
Bahn pronounced he believed he was profitable a $500,000 cheat to an central during Qatar’s emperor resources account by a middleman, New York conform engineer and blogger Malcolm Harris. In reality, Bahn said, Harris had no tie with any Qatari central and kept a money.
U.S. prosecutors have also charged Ban Ki-sang, who stays during large. Prosecutors have pronounced he enlisted his son to arrange a Landmark 72 sale to assistance Keangnam understanding with a liquidity crisis.
Ban Ki-moon was prolonged approaching to make a bid for a presidency of South Korea though announced in Feb 2017 that he would not run, decrying “fake news” about him and his family.
Bahn’s lawyers pronounced in a justice filing final month that Bahn did not have a tighten attribute with his uncle.
Harris pleaded guilty to income laundering and handle rascal in Jun and was condemned to 3-1/2 years in jail in October.
Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman