The dark skills associated with money laundering are not always available to those who run illegal operations, and one family decided to hide their ill-gotten gains gleaned from an illegal Internet gambling operation in more or less plain sight.
South Korean police uncovered ten million dollars buried in a garlic field on a farm in Gimje, situated some 160 miles south of Seoul.
Police claim they have confiscated the money and arrested the 52 -year-old farmer whose surname is Lee. He claims that his two brothers-in-law had asked him to hide the money. One of them is currently in prison and the other is on the lam.
Details about charges the two brothers-in law will face and whether the money found in the field will add to them are sketchy at best.
Police later recovered more money from the illicit gambling operation. About $1 million was found in Lee’s son’s rental car and more than $100,000 in the family’s apartment in Jeonju, North Jeolia province.
Authorities believe that even more money may be out there, totaling as much as $15 million, but where it is hidden is anyone’s guess.
Has anyone checked the barn near the garlic field even though most of the animals have gone?