John Dewey Lim has a long criminal history and on Wednesday he was sentenced to 16 months in jail for writing bad checks in Johnson County. He's also been found guilty of forgery, promoting prostitution, theft and computer crime.
Now, two of his victims are speaking out in hopes of warning others about his schemes. We have withheld their last names at their request.
Diane and Shani both met Lim online. Diane said, "I met him off an ad for Craigslist." Shani said, "There was an ad on Monster and on Craigslist." Both women were looking for jobs and responded to his ad for work, one as a personal assistant and the other as a contractor to open a new business in Overland Park.
Shani told 41 Action News it was, "A very high end restaurant and club on more the private type. We started pulling in vendors and we started opening credit lines."
She says the money Lim promised for the venture never showed up?
The Johnson County prosecuting attorney recommended 21 months in jail for Lim's most recent charges. Diane says that isn't enough. "He needs to stay in for another 21 years and hopefully he'll rot there," she said.
Shani added, "I don't want him doing this to anyone again. I would not want anyone to go through what we've went through."
These women are sharing their stories in hopes of stopping Lim from victimizing anyone else. They also caution anyone who sees an ad for a job online that requires money up front for employment.
Shani said, "Don't take the risk. It's not worth it."
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