Job scam lands American man in South Korean jail

JUPITER, FL (WPTV) At first, it all sounded like the plot of a movie to Kent Malinowski.

“My brother called me and said ‘Dad has been arrested. He’s in South Korea in jail,'” Kent said Wednesday.

Shortly after, the U.S. embassy called to confirm that his father, 79-year-old Julius Malinowski had been arrested on fraud charges on November 10, and was awaiting trial in a South Korean prison.

He didn’t know what exactly his father was arrested for and wasn’t able to communicate with him directly, so Kent started to investigate on his own what had happened.

“We were able to create a timeline and track him through his credit cards receipts,” Kent said.

On his computer they found an email exchange with someone claiming to work for BB&T, a bank in North Carolina.

Julius Malinowski, a retired vice president for the Federal Reserve, was interested in working again in the banking industry on a part time basis and travel the world.

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