Petraeus Pal to Lose Korean Consul Status

Jill Kelley misused title, Koreans say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2012 3:21 AM CST
Petraeus Pal to Lose Korean Consul Status
Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla., earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

(Newser) – South Korea has decided to strip one of the women at the center of the Gen. David Petraeus scandal of her honorary consul title, the AP reports. Tampa socialite Jill Kelley—who invoked her consul status in several 911 calls after the scandal surfaced—misused the title by using it in her personal business dealings, a Korean Foreign Ministry official says. A New York businessman says Kelley sought an $80 million fee for using her South Korean connections to broker a deal for a coal project directly with the country's president. (Read more Jill Kelley stories.)

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