The Seoul Central District Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Cha Eun-taek, a director of TV ads and music videos and a key figure in the ongoing Choi Soon-sil political scandal.
Cha is charged with conspiring with former senior presidential secretary Ahn Jong-beom to place one of his confidants in an ad-related post at Korea Telecom(KT). He's also accused of wielding influence to have his advertisement firm selected as an ad agency for KT.
He also allegedly took bribes of 280 million won from a firm he helped be selected as the host of an event during the 2014 South Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit.
Cha is also suspected of embezzling some one-billion won from operating funds of another one of his ad companies called Africa Pictures. He's also charged with threatening a company CEO last year to hand over an 80 percent stake in Poreka, an advertising arm of steelmaker POSCO after this company had taken over the POSCO affiliate.
With Cha in custody, prosecutors plan to expand their investigation into various influence peddling allegations surrounding the director.
Source: KBS World Radio