The former employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who attempted to sell Jungkook’s hat online has admitted to all charges.
On November 7, the Seocho Police Station in Seoul announced that they had completed the investigation on the former employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who made an online post to sell a hat worn by Jungkook.
Previously, the person attempted to sell the hat worn by Jungkook for 10 million won (approximately $7,100), posting a photo of the hat online together with a picture of a civil service employee identification card. The person claimed that Jungkook left the hat in the waiting area when BTS visited the Passport Division to make their passports and that they acquired ownership of the hat since no one called or visited to claim ownership for six months after it was reported as lost property.
However, it was revealed that there was no record of the hat being reported as a lost item from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the National Police Agency. As this became controversial, the person deleted the post and turned themselves in to police in Yongin City of Gyeonggi Province.
BTS’s agency HIVE is reported to have responded to the police saying, “It is true that [Jungkook] lost his hat at that place (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).”
When the issue was raised during the general audit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the National Assembly Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee held on October 24, Minister Park Jin said, “If it is confirmed to be true, we will deal with it strictly according to related regulations.”
Meanwhile, a police official shared that they are reviewing the legal principles for possible charges and that it has not been decided whether the hat will be returned.
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