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News Release

Friday, January 9, 2009

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Two Identity Theft Suspects Sought

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police detectives are asking the public’s assistance in locating two female Korean suspects.  The suspects are wanted for multiple counts of fraud and identity theft charges.

The main suspect, Chang-Sook Kim, age 40, volunteered at a Korean church in Los Angeles and claimed that she was a realtor.  She solicited the members of the church congregation to buy homes and upon acquiring the victims’ personal information, she would open accounts with several banking institutions and withdraw thousands of dollars in cash.  Kim, working with co-suspect, Sophia Isadora Lee, caused substantial loss to numerous banks and victimized unsuspecting congregation members.

Kim was arrested and charged for the crime in 2008, but failed to appear in court after posting bond.  Lee, age 24, is also wanted for the same crimes and has a felony warrant for her arrest.

Kim has black hair and brown eyes, stands 5 feet 4 inches, and weighs about 105 pounds.

Lee is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds.

The suspects frequent the cities of Irvine and Corona.

If you have seen these two individuals or know their whereabouts, contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Fugitive Warrant Section at 213-485-5500.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 or by texting CRIMES (274637) and begin the message with the letters LAPD.  Tipsters may also submit information on the LAPD website,  Tipsters may remain anonymous.