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The South Korean Supreme Court ratified Thursday the sentence of one and a half years in prison handed down by a military court against singer Seungri, found guilty of nine different charges, including embezzlement and acting as a prostitution service mediator.

The high court said Seungri, 31, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, provided prostitution services for investors from Japan, Taiwan or Hong Kong between 2015 and 2016 to obtain investment for his nightclub and other businesses.

The former member of the K-Pop band Bigbang was also found guilty of embezzling some 528 million won (about $416,750) of funds from his nightclub and regularly gambling in Las Vegas between 2013 and 2017. South Korea prohibits its citizens gambling and consuming drugs both in the country and abroad.

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