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Theft suspect accused of targeting Korean men on dating websites

Police said they are seeking additional victims of a woman who allegedly used Internet dating sites to target Korean men in Los Angeles and Orange counties and then stole their property.

Investigators said they believe Sunmee Kim, 36, targeted men who trolled websites such as koreancupid.com and then met with them.

Police arrested her Dec. 21 on outstanding warrants issued from both counties.

The arrest came a week after Kim reported that she had been a victim of domestic violence, police said. Investigators said they later determined that the Los Angeles woman was not a crime victim at all and had reported her allegation while using a stolen identity.

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Police said that, on the basis of her initial report, they believe Kim had a 44-year-old Irvine businessman she met on koreancupid.com removed from his own home.

While the man was in custody, Kim allegedly burglarized his house.

A detective later matched her fingerprints to those in a criminal database after becoming suspicious about inconsistencies in her report, police said.

Detectives said they have tracked Kim’s activities as far back as 2009, when the first known incident involving her occurred.

On multiple occasions Kim has stolen Korean women’s identities and targeted Korean men she met over the Internet, police said.

Kim has been connected to at least six cases, police said, but detectives believe there are more victims.

sarah.peters@latimes.com


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