Hong-Man Cho gets suspended sentence for fraud – One year in jail

PHOTO NEWS) — Choi Hong-man, a South Korean mixed martial arts fighter, leaves a courthouse in Seoul on Jan. 14, 2016, after his sentencing on fraud charges. The 35-year-old, who towers at 2.18 meters (7′ 2″) in height, was sentenced to one year in jail on a two-year suspension. He is accused of not paying back HK$710,000 he borrowed from an acquaintance in December 2013, reportedly to buy a pair of watches for himself and his girlfriend.
PHOTO NEWS) — Choi Hong-man, a South Korean mixed martial arts fighter, leaves a courthouse in Seoul on Jan. 14, 2016, after his sentencing on fraud charges. The 35-year-old, who towers at 2.18 meters (7′ 2″) in height, was sentenced to one year in jail on a two-year suspension. He is accused of not paying back HK$710,000 he borrowed from an acquaintance in December 2013, reportedly to buy a pair of watches for himself and his girlfriend.

Last year an arrest warrant was issued for Hong-Man Choi, who you may remember as the 7’2″ Korean who once fought famed baseball player Jose Canseco and former Pride heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko.

Today, Choi was sentenced to one year in jail.

“According to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, the former traditional Korean wrestling “ssireum” champion allegedly borrowed one million won (about $900) from a friend, surnamed Park, in Hong Kong in December 2013.

Choi also borrowed 25 million won (about $22,500) from another friend, surname Moon, last October.

Moon and Park took legal action against Choi for fraud after he failed to repay the money on time. Moon later withdrew his claim.”

Choi (2-4) and weighs 352 pounds last fought in July 2015 and was knocked out in the first round against Carlos Toyota at Road FC 24.

It is rumored that Choi was staying in Japan and ignored several summonses, which led to the warrant.

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