Sunmee Kim Allegedly Met Korean Businessmen Online Before Pulling Off Elaborate Thefts

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UPDATE, JAN. 3, 4:21 P.M.: Irvine Police confirm it was their Officer Joseph Jun who had the initial suspicions about the name Sunmee Kim is alleged to have presented as her own, so he deserves the credit for starting the chain of events that led to her capture.

ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 3, 2:39 P.M.: Look at Sunmee Kim. The 36-year-old does not appear as if she could hurt a flea.

But she was popped in Koreatown last month for allegedly stealing another woman's identity, meeting an Irvine businessman through Koreancupid.com, reporting to Irvine Police under the other woman's name that her "match" beat her up and, while he was being hauled off, cleaning out his home. Kim, who has been tied to similar crimes in Orange and Los Angeles counties, was apprehended due a cop's nagging suspicions about who she said she was.

While the Irvine officer was taking the domestic violence report, Kim showed off signs of physical injuries consistent with domestic violence. And she named her attacker: a 44-year-old Irvine businessman. He was arrested on charges related to supposedly roughing up his new girlfriend.

But the woman who made the report did not identify herself as Sunmee Kim--and it struck the responding officer odd that the "victim" could produce no identification under the name she gave.

The cop did some nosing around and through government databases was able to find a photo I.D. of the woman whose name Kim provided. Their physical descriptions matched, but while Kim looked similar to the female in the photo, the officer still felt something was not exactly right. So, Kim was asked about it, and she is said to have explained she recently had cosmetic surgery.

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Unconvinced, the cop took fingerprints that were processed back at the station. The name that came back from law enforcement data systems based on prints was Sunmee Kim's, not the person Kim allegedly passed herself off as. And Sunmee Kim had these outstanding warrants:

2009, grand theft, Los Angeles Police Department: Kim allegedly tried to get ransom from a man who provided her with a place to stay by falsely claiming that she had been kidnapped and assaulted.

2010, grand theft, Garden Grove Police Department: Kim claimed another man she had met through Koreancupid.com and been in a brief relationship with tried to rob her. While he was taken into police custody, she allegedly cleaned out his residence. 

Kim's fingerprints were also taken in the Garden Grove case, which is how she was identified in the later Irvine crime. Armed with the new information about her true identity, the Irvine officer returned to the address to again confront her, but by then she had split. Her businessman date was obviously cut loose, but his celebration of freedom was short-lived when he discovered his home had been burglarized.

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Amp all the way
Amp all the way

They should make her work in one those rub and tug places for $1 a "customer" until she pays it all back.

Decent_American
Decent_American

Screw the Koreans - They scam white people all the time -  kind of nice to see them screwing each other for a change. 

Jawoch125
Jawoch125

Decent American not so decent.

mitch young
mitch young

Personal fraud (as opposed to defrauding companies, like in insurance scams), tends to be within group. So, for example, those fraudulent mortgage agents who 'scammed' poor black and 'Latino' borrowers tended to be ...black and Latino, just like Bernie Madoff ripped off his fellow 'Chosen'. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Well in Madoff's case the only people in NY with enough "Juice" to do business with him were his fellow.... You know what? Nevermind! 

mitch young
mitch young

speaking of juice.. Mitchie has been missing yours on this face

Stein
Stein

Typical female behavior.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Typical sexist comment.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Typical FishWithoutBicycle comment.

Hank Mardoukas
Hank Mardoukas

wow you got two brown noser fishy.. put a pic up so 20ft and 909 can have something to beat off to all year.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Only a couple of weeks...but I'm still humbly flattered I was missed. :-)

909Jeff
909Jeff

We did! you took a few weeks off! 

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Nice scam, but wouldn't it have been easier to send the guy to the grocery store for tampons then rob him blind? 

Sgt Martin
Sgt Martin

People really need to take personal security seriously.  We are surrounded by predators that look like just like you and me!  (Not racial just stating the obvious, Sit back down Gustavo.)  People need to start thinking in a more "Defence/Tactical" way if they are going to even have a chance of surviving these types of parasitic criminals.  This is going to continue get worse so get ready.

mitch young
mitch young

your no Sgt puto.. stop  beating off to pics of military men

Sgt Martin
Sgt Martin

The FIRST thing I looked at was if Gustavo wrote it.  If he did I was not gonna read it.  Hear that OC Weekly?

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