According to reports, a longtime friend and adviser to former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been sentence to prison for three years for corruption.
BBC News says, Choi Soon-sil's conviction for soliciting favours for her daughter is the first in a wide-reaching influence-peddling scandal which brought down President Park Geun-hye.
She had acted for years as an adviser to Ms Park, who has been impeached and is also on trial.
Choi also faces charges that she accepted bribes for Ms Park.
Ms Park has denied all allegations of corruption.
Choi is also accused of having received confidential government documents from Ms Park.
Ms Park was arrested in April and preliminary hearings began in May.