Crime & Justice

Maid service owner charged with overbilling for bad reviews

Steve Yun, owner of two maid services in California, started double billing customers that wrote negative reviews on Yelp and refused to take them down. He now faces seven charges of identity theft.
Steve Yun, owner of two maid services in California, started double billing customers that wrote negative reviews on Yelp and refused to take them down. He now faces seven charges of identity theft.
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The owner of two California maid service companies has been charged with double-billing customers who wrote negative online reviews.

L.A. city prosecutors filed seven counts of identity theft on Monday against Steve Yun. Prosecutors claim he illegally obtained personal information from four people in the process of overcharging their credit cards.

Yun owns West Coast Maids and California Maids, which provides online referrals formaid services.

Prosecutors say Yun contacted customers who wrote negative Yelp reviews and asked them to remove the reviews in exchange for refunds, then double-billed some who refused.

Yun could face up to seven years in jail if convicted.

He wasn't arrested, and it's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Yun didn't immediately comment on the charges.