Prosecution investigators raided the office of a school foundation headed by an opposition lawmaker Monday over suspicions that he received illegal political funds through the foundation.
Rep. Hong Moon-jong of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party is suspected of taking hundreds of millions of won from those wishing to run in the 2014 local elections when he was secretary general of the then ruling Saenuri Party.
Prosecutors suspect that the money was provided to Hong in the form of donations to his Kyungmin school foundation. Sources said that some of the election aspirants involved in the case told investigators that they offered money to Hong.
Investigators searched the foundation's office in Euijeongbu, just north of Seoul, to seize accounting documents, computer hard disks and other evidence.
Hong was one of the "pro-Park" lawmakers considered close to ousted former President Park Geun-hye. (Yonhap)