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July 26, 2005 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
South Korea's ambassador to the United States, embroiled in a widening scandal over an alleged political slush fund involving conglomerate Samsung Group, has offered his resignation, the South Korean presidential office confirmed today.
January 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Special prosecutors raided the Samsung Group headquarters in a widening investigation into allegations that the massive conglomerate set up a slush fund to bribe influential figures. Yim Jun-seok, a Samsung spokesman, confirmed that investigators entered the strategic planning office at the conglomerate's headquarters in Seoul. He provided no details. The inquiry came after Kim Yong-chul, a former top legal affairs official at Samsung, alleged that the conglomerate set up a $215-million slush fund for paying bribes.
May 4, 1995
The Samsung Group, one of Korea's largest conglomerates, recently pledged a $3-million gift to Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. The gift is the largest donation in the college's 65-year history and is earmarked for student scholarships and programs to enhance the quality of teaching. The gift also will create the President's Samsung Discretionary Fund, with annual earnings to be directed into special educational projects.
November 20, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Lee Byung-chull, one of the fathers of modern industrial South Korea, died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 77. Lee, the chairman and founder of the Samsung Group--a top conglomerate with 26 large subsidiaries engaged in electronics, machinery, shipbuilding, textiles and hotels--started his business in 1938 and rebuilt it after the 1950-53 Korean War into a high-technology manufacturer and South Korea's first major trading company.
April 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Special prosecutors said today that they indicted Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee on charges of tax evasion and breach of trust, while clearing South Korea's biggest industrial conglomerate of bribery allegations. The prosecutors said in a statement that they would not arrest Lee as it would "cause enormous disruptions" in Samsung corporate management and have "negative repercussions on our economy."
April 20, 1985
The chairman of Chrysler and South Korea's Samsung business group reported that the joint venture calls for the development of a South Korean supply base for automotive parts and components for Chrysler. The announcement said the proposed joint venture "will continue studies to determine the eventual possibility of car assembly in Korea." Iacocca said Chrysler and Samsung each will own 50% of the new company, but he refused to disclose the size of the proposed joint venture's capital.
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