Ex-Korean professor jailed for forging US degree

The disgraced former head of South Korea's largest contemporary art exhibition was sentenced Monday to one and a half years in prison after she was convicted of falsifying her academic credentials.

Ex-Korean professor jailed for forging US degree
A Seoul district court found that Shin Jeong Ah, 35, obtained her position as co-director of the Gwangju Biennale in 2007 and her professorship in art history at Dongguk University in 2005 with falsified university degrees from the United States.

In addition, the court found the woman who was nicknamed the "Cinderella of the Art World" for her quick rise in the field guilty of embezzling funds as director of an art museum, the national news agency Yonhap reported.

The conviction and sentence was handed down after a series of well-known academics and entertainment figures admitted they had faked their own academic records to get ahead in highly competitive South Korea.

Shin had claimed to have a doctorate from Yale University and master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Kansas.

In connection with her case, the Seoul court also handed down an 18-month suspended jail term for abuse of power to Shin's ex-boyfriend, once a secretary of former president Roh Moo Hyun.

Byeon Yang Kyoon was convicted of using his influence to advance Shin's career.

Dongguk University announced last week that it had filed a lawsuit seeking 50 million dollars from Yale University for mistakenly confirming Shin's degree there.

Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2008, 09:05
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