KCPD arrests notorious con man on Johnson County warrants

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Posted at 11:19 PM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 10:30:06-05

Kansas City, Missouri, police arrested a notorious con man — who has operated in Johnson County, Kansas, for nearly a quarter-century — at a Northland sports bar on Saturday afternoon.

John Dewey Lim, 55, first appeared on the radar for authorities in Johnson County when he pleaded guilty to passing a bad check in August 1995.

But that was the first of many run-ins with the law.

Lim pleaded guilty to forgery and promoting prostitution in April 1997.

He pleaded guilty to a single charge of promoting prostitution charge again in October 1997 and April 1998.

After spending much of the next decade incarcerated, Lim pleaded guilty to theft and computer crime in August 2009.

He was back to writing bad checks in May 2013 and September 2014.

Two years ago this week, Lim was sentenced to 16 months in jail for the latter offense, but no amount of jail time seems to affect his behavior.

Lim was arrested in February 2017 for making a false writing, but skipped bail and failed to appear in court.

KCPD confirmed Sunday that Lim was arrested at BrewTop PuB and Patio’s Northland KC location on two Johnson County warrants — one related to the making a false writing case and another “for tampering with electronic money equipment,” according to police.

He was booked at the Platte County Detention Center, where he was being held on a $125,000 bond.

Lim also has run afoul of federal authorities.

He plead guilty to mail fraud in 2000 — stemming from a case in which he purchased more than $100,000 in jewelry from Borsheims Jewelry in Omaha, Nebraska, under two different aliases — and received a nearly five-year sentence.

Lim — who went by the names Jeffrey Kurosawa and Miyamato Sato, pretending to be a wealthy businessman — paid $100 on the accounts and the jewelry was never recovered.

He later plead guilty to wire fraud and spent more than two years in federal prison in August 2006.