(From left to right) Gertrude Illescas, Ki Won Kim and Bagjoon Kim have been charged in an alleged scam involving fraudulent work orders at a Gwinnett apartment complex.
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

3 charged in Gwinnett apartment work order fraud scheme

Three people have been charged with defrauding a Gwinnett County property management through fake work orders, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

Gertrudis Illescas, 42, of Roswell; Bagjoon Kim, 23, of Buford; and Ki Won Kim, 64, of Duluth; have all been charged with theft by deception. Illescas was the manager of Paces Crossing Apartments. Ki Won Kim is the owner of CK Construction and Bagjoon Kim is the manager of the company. Ki Won Kim and Bagjoon Kim are not related, the sheriff’s office said.

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Illescas conpsired with Ki Won Kim and Bagjoon Kim to submit fraudulent work orders to Pace Crossing Apartments’ owner, Greenwood Star LLC, according to the sheriff’s office. The department received a tip about the alleged scheme in early February.

Work requested in the orders was never completed, but Greenwood Star LLC was invoiced, the sheriff’s office said. The company paid out $7,000 over 16 transactions that did not result in any work, according to the department.

All three suspects were arrested on Feb. 14 and have been released on $5,700 bond.

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