'Face-lift embezzler' arrested in South Korea

File photo: South Korean won The man is said to have embezzled billions of won

South Korean police have arrested a man who embezzled millions from his employer and underwent cosmetic surgery to avoid arrest, local reports say.

The man, in his 30s, is accused of siphoning 4.7bn won (£2.8m, $4.3m) and spending the money on hostess bars and a Mercedes Benz sedan.

Police say the man, surnamed Yoon, had a nose job and a face lift.

He was arrested outside Seoul after police received a tip-off.

Mr Yoon had worked at the finance department of a semi-conductor firm and made a series of company fund transfers to his personal bank accounts, police say.

He then pretended to have a family emergency and left the company in January, according to reports.

After withdrawing a lot of cash, he went on a 10-day spending spree in South Korea's Gangnam district, says the Agence-France Presse (AFP) news agency.

A police spokeswoman told AFP that Mr Yoon was "a totally different person" when he was arrested.

"He'd had a nose and eye job, and his face had changed drastically," the spokeswoman added.

They were able to track him down after two alleged accomplices were arrested, local reports said.

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