FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Authorities catch up to elusive thief from KCK once again

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- John Dewey Lim has been in and out of prison since the 1990s, when he was first convicted of defrauding an Omaha jewelry store out of $109,000 in jewels, which were never recovered.

Not long after getting out of prison for that crime, Lim was back in trouble again. He was convicted of defrauding people who thought he was helping them sell their businesses and paid him hefty fees.

FOX 4 Problem Solvers first heard about Lim in 2009 when, fresh out of prison, the Kansas City, Kansas native was living in Johnson County, Kansas, posing as an international businessman.

Heidi Stock said she was hired by Lim to run his local office.

"He's very well versed," Stock told FOX 4 News six years ago. "He sounded very professional."

Stock was one of two women he hired to work in the office he was supposedly leasing at Corporate Woods. After a few months, both women figured out his stories didn't add up and called both FOX 4 Problem Solvers and police.

Lim served more than a year behind bars for theft and using a computer to defraud people.

"He's obviously been thinking about it for so long that it's sad it was so poorly executed," said Stock in that 2009 interview.

According to court records, many of Lim's crimes occurred while on probation from other convictions. While federal, state or local officials were supposedly monitoring Lim, he was living the good life, allegedly buying BMWs and Range Rovers and in constant pursuit of his next big deal.

The law finally caught up to Lim in Nebraska in May after a woman, he was living with there, turned him in. He was extradited to Kansas to face two back charges, but when the judge released him on his own recognizance, he disappeared.

This month authorities caught up with him in Platte County. On Tuesday, he was in court fighting extradition back to Kansas. Lim told the judge he still needs to hire an attorney. That will take money, but money is something John Lim always seems to find.