It has been reported that actor Jang Geun Suk's mother has been given a suspended prison sentence and a fine of 3 billion KRW (approximately 2.7 million USD).
The Seoul Central District Court sentence Jang Geun Suk's mother to a suspended prison sentence of two and a half years with a four-year probation period along with a fine of 3 billion KRW. Tree J Company, run by Jang Geun Suk's mother, was indicted on charges of violating the Tax Offense Act under the bookkeeping regulations and fined 1.5 billion KRW (approximately 1.36 million USD).
The court pointed out that "there is much room for criticism in light of the method of the crimes. The defendant evaded more than 1.8 billion KRW (1.63 million USD) of taxes without taking measures to report even after the tax investigation."
However, the court also added, "We took into account the fact that the defendant has currently paid back all the taxes she evaded and has no history of being punished for the same type of crime."
Jang Geun Suk's mother was put on trial on charges of evading a total of 1.8 billion KRW by withdrawing or using the income earned by her son from overseas activities and omitting the income from their tax reports.
At the trial, Jang Geun Suk's mother pleaded not guilty, claiming that she did not intentionally omit the tax reports and did not intend to evade taxes. However, the court didn't buy her argument and found her guilty of tax evasion.
Meanwhile, Jang Geun Suk was known to be the only celebrity under Tree J Company. It has been reported that Jang Geun Suk became independent from the company after returning from his military service in 2018.