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Woman scammed Korean men she met online, Irvine police say

January 3, 2012 |  1:02 pm

DatingscamIrvine police are looking for more victims of a woman they say used Internet dating sites to target Korean men in Los Angeles and Orange counties and then stole their property.

Police arrested Sunmee Kim, 36, on Dec. 21 on outstanding warrants issued from both counties.

Kim was arrested a week after falsely reporting, under a stolen identity, that she was the victim of domestic violence, according to a police news release.

Police said that, on the basis of the report, Kim had a 44-year-old Irvine businessman she had met on Koreancupid.com removed from his home. While the man was in custody, Kim robbed him, according to the release.

A detective matched her fingerprints to those in a criminal database after becoming suspicious of inconsistencies in her report.

Detectives have tracked Kim's activities back to 2009, when the first known incident involving her occurred, according to the release.

On multiple occasions Kim has stolen Korean women's identities and targeted Korean men she met over the Internet, police told the Daily Pilot.

Kim has been connected to at least six cases, police said, but detectives believe there are more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sean-Paul Crawford at (949) 724-7249 or scrawford@cityofirvine.org.


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Photo: Sunmee Kim. Credit: Daily Pilot