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Man now faces 30 charges for alleged apartment rental fraud

Last Updated Nov 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm EDT

CityNews reporter Adrian Ghobrial confronts Bum Joon Kim (left) in Toronto on Oct. 26, 2017. Kim is accused of fraud in Toronto and British Columbia. CITYNEWS

A 39-year-old man now faces 30 charges of fraud after he allegedly posed as a Toronto landlord and defrauded international students out of thousands of dollars.

Following a CityNews investigation, Toronto police arrested Bum Joon Kim last month and charged him with 21 counts of fraud — three over $5,000 and 18 under $5,000.

They said between July and October, Kim posted apartment rental ads online and showed various units to the prospective tenants who responded.

It’s alleged the prospective tenants then handed over cash deposits to Kim, believing the units were theirs to rent.

They later learned the units weren’t available.

Nine more people have come forward since Kim’s initial arrest.

On Nov. 8, police charged Kim with an additional count of fraud over $5,000 and eight counts of fraud under $5,000. He appeared in an Old City Hall court on Nov. 10.

Kim is also wanted on a province-wide warrant in Coquitlam, B.C., where he faces 13 fraud-related charges.

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