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Police: Woman Starts Scam by Accusing Men of Abuse

Sunmee Kim, 44, apparently had a good scam going
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2018 3:30 PM CDT
Sunmee Kim.   (Mountain View Police Dept.)

(Newser) – California police arrested a woman Thursday who allegedly accused men of domestic violence in order to rob their homes when they were arrested, the Mountain View Voice reports. Police say Sunmee Kim, 44, filed charges against a man she called her fiance, claiming he had attacked her at their home in the small city of Mountain View. She wouldn't give her full name and had no noticeable injuries, police say, but they briefly arrested the man—which apparently enabled her to rob his house. On further investigation, police learned she had allegedly pretended to be kidnapped in Los Angeles in 2009 to get a man to pay ransom, and pulled the domestic abuse/robbery scam in Irvine a few years later.

She was arrested in Palo Alto on Thursday for outstanding warrant charges in Los Angeles and Orange counties. "She was sentenced in Orange County for almost the exact same crime and then she disappeared for about five years," says a Mountain View police spokeswoman. "This isn't something that happened out of happenstance. We're thinking her (modus operandi) is pretty prolific." She has also served time behind bars after conning men in Southern California seven years ago, CBS Los Angeles reports. Using aliases, Kim apparently meets men on a Korean dating website and gets close to them before running her scam. In one case, an Irvine man sued police for $150,000, saying they failed to verify her claims before arresting him and allowing his place to be robbed. (Read more California stories.)

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