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Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Kara Muneoka

Description of Potential Fraud:

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A number of lawyers have told us they’ve been contacted by a Kara Muneoka with regards to collecting on a settlement agreement. The emails are short, but no doubt replying to them would produce the same replies and documentation we’ve seen in similar scams by Peggy Higashi, Beverly MacKenzie and Elizabeth Nakamura. For a full list of other frauds of this type and a description of how it works see our Confirmed Frauds page.

Here is the original email:

From:
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 5:09 AM
Subject: Hello

>I need your legal help over a Settlement Agreement funds against me and
> my ex .[email protected] for info
> Kara Muneoka

Lawyers who replied got this response and supporting documentation:

Thanks for your response to my email. I tried calling a couple of times and with the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to gauge the best time to reach you. As earlier stated in my previous correspondence, we were divorced in Japan but my ex husband Bernard Muneoka relocated to the United States precisely Los Angeles, CA which is in your jurisdiction. He is a citizen. This is the reason why I contacted you as there is already an agreement in place. I am pretty sure that my ex husband will avoid litigation and want to settle amicably once he finds out that I am retaining your firm to help enforce payment. My ex husband has the mean to pay for balance he owes me and I know for sure that he has assets in Los Angeles, CA.

We had an out of court agreement (Out of court settlement) for him to pay $600,000.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $249,000.00 since when he was in Japan and later relocated to the United States without paying the balance $351,000.00 he owes me.

I am hereby seeking your firm’s assistance in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay me the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect/enforce payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

I expect this to be resolved in a timely manner. Sequel to this, I await the retainer agreement and mode of remitting payment for the retainer.

Yours truly,
Ms. Muneoka

Muneoka Divorce Decree
Muneoka SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

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