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

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Peter Kim (credit: NYPD)

Peter Kim (credit: NYPD)

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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.

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