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Kyong-Ae Fontaine Lawsuit

We have to go wayyy back for this morning’s post. 30 years ago in 1982, Tae Yun Kim was in Vermont and married using the name Kyong-Ae Fontaine. I say using because who knows what her name originally was?  I will let the documents speak for themselves!

Another lawsuit

I will say this.  There is a common thread between this suit, and the 1995 suit from California. Kim got their money! The cool thing about this document is that it shows the default judgement! It also implicates many other individuals.

Happy reading!

Sham Marriage Trial Article

Thank you to the former for this article

Court Hears Testimony In “Sham Marriage” Trial

By William H. Braun, Free Press Staff Writer
Burlington Free Press, March 24, 1982

The government contends Mary Simon married Sok Bong Chung for money alone.  So does Miss Simon.

Defense lawyers for Chung and Kyong-Ae Fontaine say the marriage may have been for money, but it was also for something akin to love – or at least an attempt by two people to combat loneliness.

A federal court jury will have to decide whether the Feb. 23, 1979 marriage was real or simply a sham to make Chung, a Korean, eligible for resident alien status in the United States.Chung, 44, and Mrs. Fontaine, 36 and the alleged matchmaker, face three charges each.  Chung is accused of making false statements to immigration inspectors March 29 and May 23, 1979.  Mrs. Fontaine is charged with aiding and abetting Chung in making those statements, and both are charged with conspiracy.

Miss Simon, now 22 and a Colchester resident, was the government’s leadoff witness as the trial began Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.

She said when Mrs. Fontaine’s brother picked her up in January 1979 to take her and Chung to a doctors office for premarital blood tests, “It was the first time in my life I ever laid eyes on the man”.

William Sessions, Chung’s attorney, said the defense intends to present witnesses who will testify that the marriage apparently was consummated, that Miss Simon did live with Chung for about a week before leaving “for whatever reasons”, and that she made repeated visits to Chung in the months following the marriage.

Peter Cleveland, Mrs. Fontaine’s attorney, said he will present witnesses who will testify to the character and truthfulness of Mrs. Fontaine, the operator of the Kyong-Ae Academy of Tae Kwon Do karate school and the former Fred Astaire dance school on College Street in Burlington.

Miss Simon was 19, unemployed and broke in the late fall of 1978.  “To combat boredom”, she said, she went to the Fred Astaire dance studio a number of times because the couple with whom she and her boyfriend were living were working there as instructors.

During one visit “Miss Kim”, as Mrs. Fontaine was known, called Miss Simon into the office and asked if Miss Simon knew anyone who wanted to make a quick $1,000, according to Miss Simon.

The young woman said Mrs. Fontaine explained that she had a friend who needed to marry an American girl so he could stay in this country.  All that would be required would be to go through the ceremony, she testified.  A divorce would be obtained and paid for by the man in six months to a year, Miss Simon said.

The knot: I was here, where were you? File under: creepy

One of the stranger things that happened to me was this.  I was dead asleep.  I wake up with a bracelet.  As does half of COL.  Kim went sneaking around in our rooms while we slept.  Mind you, we didn’t live in the same house as her.  Apparently, even though I had my seventh grade classes to attend to the next day, I was supposed to wake up and be aware.

So a good portion of COL didn’t wake up, which we had a COL “Class” about.

This gets into definitions.  COL Class essentially means that we sat in the racket ball court in Kim’s home, which acted as a meeting room, usually eating dinner with our other COL members. We would then start chants.  These were a variety of conditioning songs.  One called “Jung Shing tong il”, what it meant is beyond me at this point in my memory.  Another one was famously featured in the Inside Edition videos, this was called the COL Song.  We’ll get to that later. So after singing for usually 20-45 minutes (usually the shorter we waited usually the more trouble we were in) the “instructors”(Kim’s most senior instructors from Jung SuWon, that live in her home) would show up.  

This class was relatively lighthearted.  However, we left with the lesson that perhaps we should sleep lighter and increase our “awareness”.  Many of us who were given bracelets wore them almost like badges of pride for a while. I kept mine… Kinda weird looking back on it.  In order to see this picture you’re going to have to click it.
"I was here, where were you?" letter dated 10/5/95

DMCA Update

Well this does not look to be a legal DMCA claim, WordPress finally sent me the claim form contents. Correct me if I am wrong, but a screen cap of a video not owned by Kim, is in turn not owned by Kim? I blocked out names with the XXXX.

Email Address:
First Name: Sarah
Last Name: XXXX
Company Name: Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Address Line 1: 47300 Kato Road
Address Line 2:
City: Fremont
State/Region/Province: CA
Zip/Postal Code: 94538
Country: USA
Copyright holder you represent (if other than yourself): Dr. Tae Yun Kim
Please describe the copyrighted work so that it may be easily identified: the user Jacob XXXX was not given permission to use the photo/image of Dr. Tae Yun Kim on his blog.

Also, he is linking a copyrighted video on his blog. This video was already removed from Youtube due to copyright infringement.
Location (URL) of the unauthorized material on a site (NOT simply the primary URL of the site –; you must provide the full and exact permalink of the post, page, or image where the content appears, one per line) :
If the infringement described above is represented by a third-party link to a downloadable file (e.g.…), please provide the URL of the file (one per line):
I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.: Yes
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.: Yes
Signed on this date of (today’s date, MM/DD/YYYY): 01/20/2012
Signature (your digital signature is legally binding): Sarah XXXX

One of many lawsuits…

Way back when in 1995 Kim was sued by an Image of lawsuit opening blockex-student. Summarizing briefly a former student sued Tae Yun Kim, COL, Jung SuWon and Lighthouse  for fraud and essentially taking a 1.2 million dollar inheritance. In it the plaintiff claims Kim arranged name changes, purchased homes with the monies, and charged her for working for her… about $800 a month to work at lighthouse for career training.

Read on!

Link to 1995 lawsuit

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