JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - 10 On Your Side uncovered a bizarre story about a James City County man, arrested for posing as a government agent to cover his bigamy.
26-year-old David Jin Lee, of Williamsburg, is married to a Norfolk-based Navy sailor. Allegedly, he told her he was a CIA agent and had to go on a mission to China. Then he emailed the wife, saying he had been captured and tortured by North Korean agents and needed $2,000 to be released.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service learned Lee was not with the CIA and was really in Fairfax with another woman, who they believed to be his fiancée. Agents say they were able to track Lee to Fairfax because he made a false police report claiming someone had stolen things from his home there.
But after NCIS agents and Fairfax police searched the home and spoke with residents, they learned he was also married to the Fairfax woman, with whom he fathered a child.
A marriage certificate at the Fairfax Courthouse was proof.
"That means bigamy here in Virginia, and it's a serious offense," City of Fairfax police Lt. Craig Buckley said. "It's a Class 4 felony."
Investigators say they found a laminating machine in the Fairfax home that could have been used to make the fake ID cards that police found on Lee.
Authorities tracked Lee down in Williamsburg and arrested him there.
Authorities say the Fairfax woman and her family have cooperated with police. Both women and their families are believed to be victims.
"It's not every day that someone will go to these lengths to perpetrate such a fraud or a con against someone, and it seems to be, at least on the surface, petty sophisticated and has been able to dupe, unfortunately, dupe two young ladies into his fraud,” Buckley said.
Now Lee is in a cell at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, charged with bigamy.
WAVY.com called the Virginia Peninsula Regional jail to see if Lee would grant us an interview, but we’re still waiting for a response.
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