- Monday July 9th, 2012 :: 04:42 p.m. PDT
**Press Release** Sheriff’s Commercial Crimes Bureau Arrest Real Estate Agent for Defrauding Clients out of $400,000
On June 2008 and August 2010, Licensed Real Estate Agent Jong Hwan Huh, aka David Huh, 47 years-of-age, from the city of Torrance, defrauded seven clients out of $404,000 by way of various different schemes. At the time, Huh was employed by Masters Realty Group in Los Angeles. The victims were located in Lomita, Torrance, Gardena and the Los Angeles area. Although there were variations in the schemes, they all involved obtaining money from the victims for real estate purchases or leases, and misappropriation of money.
The investigation also revealed that Huh frequented local casinos and used the victims’ money to gamble.
On Friday, April 27, 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed 17 felony counts against Huh. The charges included Grand Theft, Forgery, Issuing Bad Checks and Enhancements for Aggravated White Collar Crime. A warrant was issued for Huh’s arrest.
On Thursday, July 5, 2012, deputies from the Lomita Sheriff’s Station arrested Huh as he was leaving the South End Racquet and Health Club in Torrance. Huh was booked into the Lomita Sheriff’s Station with a bail of $404,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, July 9, 2012 in Los Angeles Superior Court, case # BA396883.
Anyone with information about this incident or if you are a victim, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Commercial Crimes Bureau, Real Estate Fraud Unit at (562) 946-7217.
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
For further questions please contact:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Commercial Crimes Bureau,
Real Estate Fraud Unit
Detective Ron Sabatine
Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau
4700 West Ramona Boulevard
Monterey Park, CA 91754