Police: 12 Victims Bilked In Long Island City Apartment Scheme Involving Craigslist

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is looking for a suspect wanted in an alleged apartment scheme in Queens.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in tracking down Peter Kim, also known as Michael Hong. He allegedly tried to rent an apartment at 43-01 46th St. in Long Island City to 12 people, but did not have the permission or authority to do so.

Police said that all 12 victims, who heard about the apartment through a Craigslist ad, were told they could move in on March 1. The 12 met with Kim at some point between Feb. 22 and March 1 and each of them apparently handed over a deposit.

Kim, 31, is approximately 5-foot-8 and 130 to 150 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

  • concerned resident

    Just so you know another Asian man, the same age was doing this just off of 30th avenue and 28th street in astoria last december, subletting an entire studio that he was supposedly caretaking for a friend. He swindeled several people out of $700 deposits. I reported this to the 114th Precinct in January and they told me that it was probably related to the Mafia and that there was nothing they could do unless I had lost money. (I was not uninformed enough to know that you never just hand someone money without a signed and verified contract and secured check) There is a RING of ASIAN MEN doing this. Guess the FBI is on it now because local tips are being ignored.

  • susie

    this is in sunnyside and not astoria get your facts straight

  • Bullett

    I would look for this p.o.s. one of two places. The first is the casino, second Hong Kong.

    • Grimis

      LMFAO!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!

    • Antonio Alverez

      LOL But the dude is really Korean Peter Kim is his real name, Michael Hong is the fake one.

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