HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A personal assistant and driver from Jackson Heights, N.Y. is facing charges of money laundering after a near-yearlong investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the New York State Police Department ensued following a Bergen County business’s report of the theft of two federal tax reimbursement checks worth over $1.4 million.

Dong Chol Kim, 59, was arrested by New York State Police troopers on Saturday, June 13 after a warrant was issued for his arrest on February 10 of this year. Flashback to August 14, 2019, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a tip from a Bergen County business, which the Prosecutor’s Office did not identify in the news release, that they were victims of the theft. Bergen County Prosector Mark Musella says the checks were “intercepted” from the mail and deposited into a “shell business account.” The investigation determined that Kim assumed a faulty identity of a prominent business owner and then opened the accounts and orchestrated multiple bank transactions.

Kim was stopped in traffic on June 13 by New York State Police troopers and taken into custody as a fugitive from justice. He was then transported to the Sullivan County Jail in Monticello, New York.

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He was charged with one count of money laundering in the first degree; one count of theft by deception in the second-degree; one count of impersonation, in the second-degree; and one count of forgery by uttering, a crime in the third-degree.

Kim is awaiting extradition to New Jersey.