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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Friday, June 27, 2014

Falls Church Grocery Store Owners Convicted Of Insurance Fraud

Defendants filed false insurance claims for over $100,000 after 2009 fire destroyed business

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Suzanne DeLyon, 65, of McLean, Virginia, and Byoung Kyung Kim, 53, of Centreville, Virginia were convicted yesterday by a federal jury on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Thomas J. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

DeLyon and Kimface a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when they are sentenced on Oct. 3, 2014.

DeLyon and Kim were indicted on Jan. 30, 2014 by a federal grand jury.  According to court records and evidence at trial, DeLyon and Kim were partners in an international grocery store in Falls Church, Virginia that was destroyed by a fire on Jan. 19, 2009.  In the course of claiming insurance reimbursements from Travelers Insurance, DeLyon and Kim conspired to falsify payroll documents and records, and they made false representations to Travelers to get over $100,000 more than what they were legally owed.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and IRS-CI.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maya D. Song and Gene Rossi and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison L. Anderson are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-32.

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Updated March 25, 2015