County Man Charged With Fraudulent Business Practices

A 50-year-old Great Falls man has been charged with obtaining money by defrauding a business investor.

Hong Ku Kim

According to police, the 37-year-old victim entered into a business contract in April with Hong Ku Kim of 746 Ellsworth Avenue in which she invested $200,000 into Kim’s company, Greentopia-Timonium.

According to the contract, the victim’s money was to be placed in escrow so she could obtain her E2 Visa. This Visa allows a national of a treaty country — a nation with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with — to be admitted into the U.S. when investing a substantial amount of capital in an American  business.

After the victim’s money was wired into the business account, Kim reportedly issued a check to the law firm handling the escrow account. However, he allegedly stopped payment on that check and the victim was unable to obtain her Visa or recover her funds.

Kim was arrested earlier this month and charged with embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretense. Investigators would like to hear from those who have additional information or believe they may have been defrauded by Kim.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail, by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.