The freehanded Korean businessman had fled, the party-giving Oriental beauty was testifying to a federal grand jury, and a bipartisan clutch of Congressmen were nervous about Washington's latest payola scandal.

The FBI, the Justice Department and the State Department are investigating alleged payments, running into six figures, by South Korean agents to at least a score of present and past Congressmen. One investigator told TIME that the affair could be "horrendous," possibly involving "bribery, income tax evasion, espionage and misuse of national security information."

The principal figure in the case, which was first reported by the Washington Post, is Tongsun Park, a...

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