Flow International Will Delay 3Q Report
Flow International Corp., which makes high-pressure water pumps, said Tuesday it would delay releasing its fiscal third-quarter earnings
because of possible fraud at its Korean operations.
Two charged with immigration visa fraud
In a crime described as "white-collar smuggling," two men who run a vocational school in Norcross were charged
with immigration document fraud for selling work visas for as much as $30,000, according to federal prosecutors.
Sheng Feng Sun, 45, of Roswell and Sang Hun Oh, 35, of Norcross were arrested Thursday and appeared before a federal magistrate using a Korean translator.
The men pretended three foreigners - with Russian and Korean names ? worked at their school, federal prosecutors said.
They applied for H-1B visas for the workers and charged them money in exchange,
according to an indictment from a federal grand jury in the Northern District of Georgia.
H-1B visas allow employers to hire foreign workers in a specialty occupation for up to three years.
According to the indictment, Sheng Feng Sun is the principal officer of Edgewood College of Georgia, located in Norcross,
and Sang Hun Oh is the financial and accounting agent.
Kangsan Kim had been previously indicted on 10 counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud,
but a federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned a superseding indictment on Wednesday adding 11 counts of money laundering, the Internal Revenue Service said.
Kim is the president of money manager Unus Capital Management Inc., and chief financial officer of brokerage firm PeopleN Investment Corp.
He and others bilked investors by pretending to set up accounts with Unus for securities trading, the IRS said.
PeopleN was supposed to execute the trades for Unus, but the firm placed few, if any, orders on behalf of investors, the IRS said.
Instead, Kim and others spent their investors' money on office and personal expenses, including payments on Kim's two cars and his home in Anaheim, the IRS said.
The scheme used ads on Korean-language radio stations in Los Angeles to target investors from Southern California's Korean community, the IRS said.
Kim, who initially lured investors by promising gains of 10 percent to 15 percent on their money, used funds from newer investors to pay off earlier investors, the agency said.
Kim faces a maximum federal prison term of 520 years, or 20 years per count, and up to $5.5 million in fines if convicted on all counts.
In October, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil fraud charges against Kim and the owner of PeopleN, Hyun Soo Jang, in connection to the investment scam.
A home phone for Kangsan Kim was not listed. A call to a phone number in Anaheim listed under the name K. Kim was not returned.
MySpace has been hit by a worm that points your links to phishing sites.
Spam can come from anywhere, even through Skype's instant-messaging feature.
PhishTank, the open repository for phishing site reports, has released the statistics from its site for November:
Total number of votes by the PhishTank community: 93,103
Total number of unique, suspected phishing scams reported: 18,130
Country hosting the most phishing sites: South Korea
Percentage of phishing sites hosted in South Korea: 39
Median time it took for the PhishTank community to verify phishes: 5 hours, 28 minutes
Korean civic group facing fraud charges Friday, September 29, 2006
Officials at a Ridgefield Korean-American community group defrauded clients by collecting payments for services that were not delivered, authorities say.
Capping a three-month investigation of the Korean Family Love Counseling Center, Ridgefield Police arrested two officials at the group's offices at 780 Grand Ave.
on Wednesday morning, Detective Sgt. Rich Besser said.
They were identified as Soontak Park, 39, of New York City, and Hyun S. Oh of Ridgefield.
Besser said the center offered classes for aspiring home health aides, promising that students who completed the course of study would receive state certification.
That didn't happen, Besser said. Students also did not receive the job-placement assistance they had been promised, he said.
In addition, the center allegedly charged some clients $600 to help them get Medicaid cards.
In fact, anyone eligible for Medicaid may obtain a Medicaid card for free, Besser said.
Park and Oh each were charged with theft by deception.
In addition, Park was charged with three counts of falsifying a writing or record
Fleischmann is a victim of click fraud: a dizzying collection of scams and deceptions that inflate advertising bills for thousands of companies of all sizes.
The spreading scourge poses the single biggest threat to the Internet's advertising gold mine and is the most nettlesome question facing Google and Yahoo,
whose digital empires depend on all that gold.
Fleischmann's daily immersion in click statistics fuels his indignation.
How, he wants to know, did he receive traffic this summer from PCs in South Korea
which are clicking on insurance1472.com and insurance060.com?
The only content on these identical sites -- and five other clones with similar names -- are lists of Yahoo ads,
which occasionally have included MostChoice promotions.
Fleischmann's spreadsheets revealed, not surprisingly, that all of the suspected Korean clickers left his site in a matter of seconds,
and none became customers.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Man sentenced in loan fraud scheme
A 33-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for masterminding a $4.5 million loan fraud scheme
targeting the metro Atlanta Korean community, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Beau S. Yoon of Atlanta told borrowers he could get them hundreds of thousands of dollars for their small businesses,
provided he was given an 8 to 10 percent cut from each loan, prosecutors said.
Yoon then falsified the tax returns of the borrowers and created fictitious businesses that looked more attractive to the lending institutions
than the dry cleaners, convenience stores and janitorial services that most of his would-be borrowers were trying to start or expand, said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias.
This resulted in loan approvals far larger than Yoon’s borrowers could afford, and most of them defaulted.
Yoon, who was indicted along with 20 of his borrowers in February 2005, pleaded guilty in January to seven counts of bank fraud.
He also has been ordered to pay $2.3 million in fines.
Woman Given 8 Years For Small Business Scam
A woman who conned Korean small business owners out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a credit scam was sentenced Tuesday
to eight years in prison, a day after her husband received an 11-year sentence.
Mi Suk Yi, 39, along with her husband and Paul Amorello, 49, was convicted in June 2005 of conspiracy,
bank fraud and money laundering charges for the scam.
Amorello and Yi drove from New Jersey to Los Angeles in 2000, placing classified ads in local Korean newspapers once they arrived, according to prosecutors.
The ads offered to help people with bankruptcy issues due to large credit bills.
Numerous small business owners contacted Yi and Amorello, who claimed to have inside contacts with banks
that could help their clients increase their credit limits.
The couple asked victims to hand over their checkbooks, which they then used to send unusable checks to cover other victims' debts
making it temporarily seem as though the victims' credit lines were increased.
Korean National Arrested for Charges of Defrauding Investors
Out of $4 Million - US Attorney press release
LAWFUEL - Press Release Service - An Anaheim resident was arrested this morning on federal mail fraud and wire fraud charges that accuse him of running a fraudulent investment company that fleeced clients out of at least $4 million.
Kangsan Kim, 34, was arrested at his residence without incident by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kim faces two felony counts contained in a criminal complaint that was unsealed during his initial court appearance earlier this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.
According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, Kim and others defrauded victims by pretending to set up securities accounts at UNUS Capital Management, Inc. Kim and others prepared written statements that purported to show victims’ accounts and profits generated by the investments. In fact, however, the accounts did not exist and the profits were fictitious. Instead of investing the victims’ money in stocks, Kim and others used the victims’ money to pay for personal and business expenses.
During the scheme, Kim and others encouraged victims to use a brokerage house they controlled. PeopleN Investments, Inc., maintained a website – www.peopleninvestment.com – that purported to show account information. The brokerage house also claimed to be a member of the Securities Investors Protection Corporation, which it was not.
PayPal phishing flaw endangers users finances
19 June 2006
The PayPal flaw enabled cyber-crooks to actually host a modified page on the PayPal site which directed users to a bad website hosted on a server in Korea.
The scam lulled users into a false sense of security because they were visiting a real PayPal encrypted page before being redirected to the criminal site in Korea.
Once they landed on the Korean site, users were then presented with a fake PayPal log-in page asking for their personal details.
The fact that scam was discovered on one of the world's biggest and widely respected e-commerce sites has raised concerns
that even trusted and supposedly secure websites are vulnerable to criminal cyber attacks which could compromise the security of their users.
Korean bloke sent out 18 million spams a day
Woman held to answer to fraud charges
Christina Kyeonghee Kim, 42, who owned Chosun House,
a Korean restaurant in Arcata prior to it shutting down,
was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in early April on 51 counts of bank fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
She is accused of creating at least 12 false identities, an FBI news release states.
Using the false identities, Kim allegedly opened bank accounts and credit card accounts and received lines of credit from the banks and credit card companies.
It is alleged that Kim used the money to pay for personal expenses, including a new home, designer clothes, shoes and handbags and jewelry.
Judge approves extradition of South Korean man accused of fraud
Oct. 25, 2005
LOS ANGELES - A federal judge has approved the extradition
of a South Korean man wanted in his home country for an alleged
investment fraud that authorities say netted at least $20 million.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams said there was sufficient
evidence to extradite Kyung Joon Kim.
"At the outset, the sheer number of witnesses who implicate Kim
in the criminal offenses makes it improbable that they could
all be lying," Abrams wrote in a ruling dated Friday.
It was unclear when Kim, 39, might be extradited.
Attempts on Tuesday to reach Kim's attorney, John Gordon,
were not immediately successful. There was no phone listing
in the Los Angeles area for Gordon's office.
Sept. 7, 2005 -- The American Red Cross has asked the FBI to investigate
at least 15 fake Web sites that are designed to look like legitimate
Red Cross appeals for donations to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Same Graphics and Typeface as the Real Thing
"Within two days after the hurricane hit, they put their content up and
sent e-mails to millions of people,"
explained Dan Hubbard, senior director of Security and Technology Research
for Websense, Inc.
One such e-mail looks like a legitimate Hurricane Katrina plea from
the Red Cross.
It contains the standard credit card information form as well as the same
graphics, typeface and security logo in the corner as used by the real
"So they're making you believe that this is a secured site," said
Hubbard, "and that it has been verified when indeed obviously it has not."
phony sites have been traced to Korea, China and the United States
in the last few days, according to the Red Cross.
Recent e-mails and responses to them from customers
at Citizens First Bank have prompted warnings to everyone
who uses PayPal, eBay or similar Web sites to pay for purchases.
"Customers are getting unsolicited e-mails (supposedly) from PayPal,
" said Scott Sullivan, chief operating officer at Citizens First Bank.
"We get something (from customers) once a week."
These e-mails, which resemble authentic communications from PayPal
and have a secure "https" signature in the address, take customers
to a fictitious site operated by a Korean company.
They usually inform customers that it is very urgent that they provide
personal information to the Web site. Stolen personal information,
damage to credit and loss of funds are just some of the problems
caused by frauds like this.
"You get an e-mail that looks like PayPal," Furlow said.
"There's a link with a warning saying your account is disabled
or your account has been compromised.
The Web site (the fake one) actually does a redirect to another
Web site in Korea.
The Korea site logs into PayPal with your proper
credentials. They have gotten smarter and smarter."