SEOUL, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- South Korean customs officials confirmed that wife and two daughters of Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho smuggled luxury goods for nearly a decade without paying customs duties.
The Korea Customs Service accused Cho Yang-ho's wife, Lee Myung-hee, and daughters Cho Hyun-ah and Cho Hyun-min, former airline executives, of sneaking foreign luxury goods such as handbags and shoes into the country since 2009.
The customs officials forwarded the case Thursday to prosecutors with a recommendation to indict them.
The investigation found that the Cho family had smuggled luxury items worth $133,000, in addition to a 1,061 lifestyle items such as furniture from April 2009 to May this year.
They had their employees purchase the items and ship them on Korean Air cargo flights. The packages were handled by airline employees as company shipments to bypass customs. The probe also found that the Cho family labeled some of their purchases as company imports rather than their personal items on import reports.