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LA Lawyer accused of swindling firm out of $10.2million stole $420k life savings from trauma surgeon

Bynewsmagzines

Mar 1, 2023
She conned Amal (pictured with King), a California trauma surgeon, and her husband Steffen out of $410,000 – their entire life savings – after gaining her trust by bragging about her celebrity contacts and showing off her glamorous villa in the hotel.

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A high-flying LA Attorney accused of scamming $10.2 million from an investor swindled a surgeon and her husband out of their life savings after begging for their help.

Sara King allegedly blew through the money at the Wynn in Las Vegas and used the money to fund her own ‘extravagant lifestyle’.

She conned Amal, a California trauma surgeon, and her husband Steffen out of $410,000 – their entire life savings – after gaining her trust by bragging about her celebrity contacts and showing off her glamorous villa in the hotel.

King threw a 39th birthday party in luxury suite at the hotel, which had caviar towers, and the lawyer was even sent doughnuts from Dior with their logo on – and a Chanel handbag cake from the designer brand.

A lawsuit filed at the California Central District court accused her of breaching her contract, fraud and civil theft and included several pictures of her with NFL stars such as Aaron Rodger, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

She conned Amal (pictured with King), a California trauma surgeon, and her husband Steffen out of $410,000 – their entire life savings – after gaining her trust by bragging about her celebrity contacts and showing off her glamorous villa in the hotel.

She conned Amal (pictured with King), a California trauma surgeon, and her husband Steffen out of $410,000 – their entire life savings – after gaining her trust by bragging about her celebrity contacts and showing off her glamorous villa in the hotel.

She conned Amal (pictured with King), a California trauma surgeon, and her husband Steffen out of $410,000 – their entire life savings – after gaining her trust by bragging about her celebrity contacts and showing off her glamorous villa in the hotel.

King threw a 39th birthday party in luxury suite at the hotel, which had caviar towers, and the lawyer was even sent doughnuts from Dior with their logo on – and a Chanel handbag cake from the designer brand

King threw a 39th birthday party in luxury suite at the hotel, which had caviar towers, and the lawyer was even sent doughnuts from Dior with their logo on – and a Chanel handbag cake from the designer brand

King threw a 39th birthday party in luxury suite at the hotel, which had caviar towers, and the lawyer was even sent doughnuts from Dior with their logo on – and a Chanel handbag cake from the designer brand

She is being sued by British Island’s firm LDR International but claims that she only has $11.98 to her name after parting her way through the money at the $300-a-night-hotel.

Ronald Richards, who represents LDR in their lawsuit, confirmed to DailyMail.com that King is now being investigated by the State Bar for her legal license.

Amal and Steffen met King at the Wynn in February last year, and were drawn to her because she was ‘very well put together. ‘

The couple grew close with the lawyer and her husband Kamran Pahlavi – the grandson of the late Shah of Iran’s twin sister – going on various trips together and described it as a ‘very short but intense friendship.’

Speaking to DailyMail.com they said: ‘I took care of two of her family members, and really went out of my way to help them. 

‘She told us that she was a lawyer and she had a lending company which made her $3million a month.

‘I was impressed, I’m a surgeon but I don’t make close to that in a year. We went shopping together and she bought a ring for $37,000 like it was nothing. I was pretty wowed by her.

‘She then started telling us that she had deals for us, that she only usually works with billionaires but she had smaller ones that might work for us.

Ronald Richards, who represents LDR in their lawsuit, confirmed to DailyMail.com that King is now being investigated by the State Bar for her legal license. Pictured: King with Amal

Ronald Richards, who represents LDR in their lawsuit, confirmed to DailyMail.com that King is now being investigated by the State Bar for her legal license. Pictured: King with Amal

Ronald Richards, who represents LDR in their lawsuit, confirmed to DailyMail.com that King is now being investigated by the State Bar for her legal license. Pictured: King with Amal

Amal and Steffen met King at the Wynn in February last year, and were drawn to her because she was 'very well put together'

Amal and Steffen met King at the Wynn in February last year, and were drawn to her because she was 'very well put together'

Amal and Steffen met King at the Wynn in February last year, and were drawn to her because she was ‘very well put together’

She claimed $180,000 diamond engagement rings as collateral for the loans, as well as a $214,000 Cartier necklace.

She claimed $180,000 diamond engagement rings as collateral for the loans, as well as a $214,000 Cartier necklace.

King claimed luxury items for the loans

King claimed luxury items for the loans

She claimed $180,000 diamond engagement rings as collateral for the loans, as well as a $214,000 Cartier necklace

‘We did one deal with her, which she did return on, we made a good few thousand back and it was the easiest money we made.

‘Because it was so smooth we funded more loans, but they were longer term. It was our entire life savings, but she was a lawyer ad we thought we could trust her.

‘But she started to put pressure on us a lot, l saying w have to find it so fast which made us uncomfortable. But we thought she was legit.’

Amal introduced King to her children, and even tried to help when she and her second husband Kamran were having marital issues.

The couple, who have two children together, became concerned after King failed to pay them their money back in October, saying she started blaming her husband.

The surgeon said: ‘She said that she had wired us $100,000 back of the money she owed us, and send us a fake screenshot.

‘She would then say she would sent a cashiers check, which we waited like idiots for. She even said she as on her way to my house with the cash but she just never showed.

‘We were really starting to panic, and she just kept telling us all of these lies. It was just out of this world how easy it was for her to lie and manipulate us.

‘We were counting on that money to do things in our lives, because that was our entire savings and I work really hard for my money.

Amal (second from left)  introduced King (first left) to her children, and even tried to help when she and her second husband Kamran were having marital issues

Amal (second from left)  introduced King (first left) to her children, and even tried to help when she and her second husband Kamran were having marital issues

Amal (second from left)  introduced King (first left) to her children, and even tried to help when she and her second husband Kamran were having marital issues

The couple, who have two children together, became concerned after King failed to pay them their money back in October, saying she started blaming her husband

The couple, who have two children together, became concerned after King failed to pay them their money back in October, saying she started blaming her husband

The couple, who have two children together, became concerned after King failed to pay them their money back in October, saying she started blaming her husband

‘She gave us documents that looked legitimate, that had the names of the borrowers redacted and basically bombarded us with things that we would know nothing about.

‘And we trusted her. She would say things like she would only deal with billionaires from Monaco, and we only found out what was going on after we spoke to her husband.’

The couple say that King also swindled a cocktail waitress and another member of staff at the Wynn, with the hotel saying she has since been banned from the premises.

King also targeted a hair stylist to the stars, and various other high profile lending companies who do not want to come forwards for fear of damaging their business.

She claimed $180,000 diamond engagement rings as collateral for the loans, as well as a $214,000 Cartier necklace.

Amal added: ‘She has no remorse, she is going to continue to do this. If we don’t start sharing information there is no way to stop this woman.

Kings fake AP watch that she gave Manna as collateral

Kings fake AP watch that she gave Manna as collateral

She also handed over her wedding ring when she borrowed the cash

She also handed over her wedding ring when she borrowed the cash

King offered the collateral of her wedding ring (right), which she reportedly bought herself, before replacing it with a fake AP watch (left)  which would have been worth $97,175. 

King has since been accused of swindling dozens of people out of millions of dollars, with the $10.2million lawsuit being the 'tip of the iceberg'

King has since been accused of swindling dozens of people out of millions of dollars, with the $10.2million lawsuit being the 'tip of the iceberg'

King has since been accused of swindling dozens of people out of millions of dollars, with the $10.2million lawsuit being the ‘tip of the iceberg’

‘She doesn’t care who she targets, she is doing it to people on all levels. We have been told that she is still trying to access the hotel in a disguise and was thrown out on Friday.

‘Its disgusting. No one is safe, she’s a slick talker and she needs to be stopped immediately.

‘It is important for us that she is stopped. She is evil. She’s heartless she’s, she’s just a horrible, horrible human being who has absolutely no regard for the common people. ‘

King has since been accused of swindling dozens of people out of millions of dollars, with the $10.2million lawsuit being the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

It comes after DailyMail.com revealed that King attended a Republican fundraiser in 2017 with then-VP Mike Pence and Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Pictures show the glamourous lawyer posing with high-profile politicians Pence and McCarthy at a luxury lunch event in Newport Beach, California, where she is based.

King can be seen smiling next to the pair at the event in Pelican Hill, with tickets starting at $2,700 each and was to raise money for endangered Republican congressional candidates.

She reportedly told her husband at the time that she had dreams of running for Congress and would have listened to Pence’s speech during the glitzy private affair.

King spent the money she stole at Dior, Chanel and Rolex – as well as bragging that she was going to buy a luxury boat

King spent the money she stole at Dior, Chanel and Rolex – as well as bragging that she was going to buy a luxury boat

King spent the money she stole at Dior, Chanel and Rolex – as well as bragging that she was going to buy a luxury boat 

Pictures obtained by DailyMail.com show Sara Jacqueline King (second from right) posing with high-profile politicians Mike Pence (right) and Kevin McCarthy (left) at a luxury lunch event in Newport Beach, California, in 2017

Pictures obtained by DailyMail.com show Sara Jacqueline King (second from right) posing with high-profile politicians Mike Pence (right) and Kevin McCarthy (left) at a luxury lunch event in Newport Beach, California, in 2017

Pictures obtained by DailyMail.com show the glamourous lawyer posing with high-profile politicians Pence and McCarthy at a luxury lunch event in Newport Beach, California, in 2017

A lawsuit filed at the California Central District court accused her of breaching her contract, fraud and civil theft – as well as several pictures of her with NFL stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes

A lawsuit filed at the California Central District court accused her of breaching her contract, fraud and civil theft – as well as several pictures of her with NFL stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes

A lawsuit filed at the California Central District court accused her of breaching her contract, fraud and civil theft – as well as several pictures of her with NFL stars such as Aaron Rodger, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes 

There is no indication that McCarthy and Pence were aware that King was a suspected fraudster, and DailyMail.com have reached out to their representatives for comment.

King also posted several cryptic messages on her Instagram days after being served with the papers for the lawsuit.

She posted a picture on February 5 which said ‘sometimes the hardest person to walk away from is the person you’ve always assumed you were.’

The attorney posted again five days later, with a picture of a handwritten note saying: ‘Life give us many chances’.

She posted another image of fictional lawyer Harvey Proctor, from Suits, which said: ‘Success is like being pregnant, everyone says congratulations but nobody knows how many times you were f***ed.’

King spent the money she stole at Dior, Chanel and Rolex – as well as bragging that she was going to buy a luxury boat.

A friend of King claimed that she also cut herself off from her family, with her sister also working as a lawyer, as she continued to get herself into a bigger hole of gambling debt. Pictured, Sara King with her father

A friend of King claimed that she also cut herself off from her family, with her sister also working as a lawyer, as she continued to get herself into a bigger hole of gambling debt. Pictured, Sara King with her father

A friend of King claimed that she also cut herself off from her family, with her sister also working as a lawyer, as she continued to get herself into a bigger hole of gambling debt. Pictured, Sara King with her father

She would share pictures of wads of cash on her social media, and send them to her prospective victims in a bid to earn their trust

She would share pictures of wads of cash on her social media, and send them to her prospective victims in a bid to earn their trust

She would share pictures of wads of cash on her social media, and send them to her prospective victims in a bid to earn their trust

King spent the money she allegedly swindled at Dior, Chanel and Rolex ¿ as well as bragging that she was going to buy a luxury boat, her husband claims

King spent the money she allegedly swindled at Dior, Chanel and Rolex ¿ as well as bragging that she was going to buy a luxury boat, her husband claims

King spent the money she stole at Dior, Chanel and Rolex – as well as bragging that she was going to buy a luxury boat

A lawsuit filed at the California Central District court accused King of breaching her contract, fraud and civil theft and included several pictures of her with NFL stars such as Aaron Rodger, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

Former friends of the lawyer have also come forward to say that she swindled them out of thousands after convincing them she had high-profile connections.

British Virgin Island firm LDR claims that they extended a series of loans to King from January to October 2022 as part of a business investment.

She promised to use the funds for loans to third-party borrowers and was handed a total of $10.2million.

King claimed that the loans were secured by collateral, including luxury cars, yachts, designer handbags, jewelry, watches and earnings from professional sports contracts.

The suit shows photos of the lawyer with several NFL stars, which it claims was used to help boost her profile.

It is alleged that she ‘engaged in a massive fraud’ and there were ‘no third-party loans from King Lending to any third party borrowers.’

In April, King’s first husband filed a lawsuit against her, claiming that she forged his signature and other documents in order to secure a $250,000 loan on their Newport Beach home.

King has been pictured in the last week continuing to gamble in Las Vegas despite the lawsuit being served to her

King has been pictured in the last week continuing to gamble in Las Vegas despite the lawsuit being served to her

King has been pictured in the last week continuing to gamble in Las Vegas despite the lawsuit being served to her 

When contacted by DailyMail.com King's mother, Heidi,  (pictured with her daughter) declined to comment but confirmed that the family had been unaware of her crimes

When contacted by DailyMail.com King's mother, Heidi,  (pictured with her daughter) declined to comment but confirmed that the family had been unaware of her crimes

When contacted by DailyMail.com King’s mother, Heidi,  (pictured with her daughter) declined to comment but confirmed that the family had been unaware of her crimes

Yumiko Sturdivant said that she handed King $10,000 after they reconnected and was conned by her

Yumiko Sturdivant said that she handed King $10,000 after they reconnected and was conned by her

Friend Yumi Sturdivant said that she handed King $10,000 after they reconnected and was conned by her

A notice of default was then recorded against the $3million property ‘as a result of the fraudulent loan remaining unpaid.’

King is also accused of sending ‘racist’ text messages to her former partner about his new partner saying: ‘If the whore is in my house Shw [sic] better hide. She’s next on my list.’

She is also being sued by George Poulos, who filed a complaint against King and her company in Orange County, claiming he invested $125,000 and was never repaid and received ‘strange and threatening messages’.

In September, a financial company that leases luxury cars sued King and her law firm after claiming that the attorney owed them $300,000 in relation to her lease of a Rolls-Royce Dawn 2019.

The California Highway Patrol impounded the vehicle in 2021 when King was just 19 months into a 48-month lease.

King also added an odometer tampering device which violates state and federal law – reducing the vehicle’s value.

King secured a $195,000 loan in May last year with photos of three. watches including this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with its rose gold band

King secured a $195,000 loan in May last year with photos of three. watches including this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with its rose gold band

King secured a $195,000 loan in May last year with photos of three. watches including this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with its rose gold band 

Pahlavi branded his soon-to-be ex-wife a 'con artist who has no heart'

Pahlavi branded his soon-to-be ex-wife a 'con artist who has no heart'

Her ex-husband Kamran Pahlavi branded her as 'sick'. He is the grandson of Iran's Princess Ashraf, the late twin sister of the country's last shah

Her ex-husband Kamran Pahlavi branded her as 'sick'. He is the grandson of Iran's Princess Ashraf, the late twin sister of the country's last shah

Pahlavi (right), who left King in October, slammed his soon-to-be ex-wife as a ‘con artist who has no heart’ 

King was supposed to take the LDR representative to a storage unit to show him the luxury car, but instead sent him to a garage in Orange County and then claimed she did not have the key

King was supposed to take the LDR representative to a storage unit to show him the luxury car, but instead sent him to a garage in Orange County and then claimed she did not have the key

King was supposed to take the LDR representative to a storage unit to show him the luxury car, but instead sent him to a garage in Orange County and then claimed she did not have the key

A spokesperson for the Wynn said: ‘King is no longer permitted on-property at Wynn Las Vegas.’

The lawsuit claims that King presented them ‘with fraudulent, falsified, and altered King Lending bank statements’ and that ‘she altered the bank statements to show deposits/payments by third-party borrowers that were in fact never made.’

It also claims that she sent photos to LDR and their agent Laurent R in order to gain their ‘trust and confidence.’

She sent them a picture of herself with the NFL players at a Capital One golf tournament at the Wynn Golf club in 2022.

She also said that she had borrowers who were in the NHL, NBA and MLB as well as a friend who was a ‘hair extension person’ for the Kardashians.

The lawsuit claims King also ‘falsely represented’ that King Lending received $6.3 million in loan repayments from borrowers and ‘redeployed’ the fund to cover more loans.

It claims that as of February 9 King was still asking for more money so she could ‘try and make back the money she has stolen’.

Who are the friends and colleagues that Sara King ‘conned’ millions from?

Manna Kadar

She was sued in 2020 by Harpers Bazaar Summer Issue Cover Girl Celebrity CEO Manna Kadar, who lent her $70,000 during their friendship.

The pair became friends through the group Gen Next, which is invitation-only and has several high-profile entrepreneurs across the globe.

The Newport Beach-based attorney even bragged to Manna on a trip that she had a real and fake version of the watch she used as collateral, a $97,175 Audemars Piquet.

Manna says King only repaid her because she was forced to, with the makeup CEO’s lawsuit being filed in 2020.

King was ultimately removed from the group they had met in following the lawsuit with Manna, and her membership wasn’t renewed.

 

 Yumiko Sturdivant

Kings’ best friend Yumiko Sturdivant lost $10,000 to the alleged fraudster in February this year, after King allegedly said she could quickly double the investment.

Sturvidant and King had enjoyed several lavish trips together, including one to Las Vegas, where they drank champagne after going into business together.

Yumiko, a marketing manager, set up FDT with King in 2016, before the alleged fraudster stepped back from the company to pursue business consulting.

She told DailyMail.com that she viewed King as her family, and a ‘big sister’ who was initially an ‘amazing person’.

King handed over a fake Audemars Paquet watch to another friend she borrowed $70k from, beauty guru Manna Kadar, and repeated the process with Yumiko.

Her former friend said that she thinks the total King swindled is ‘more than 10 million’, and that she had given fake Cartier bracelets and watches as collateral to other people.

 

 Priscilla Hodge

Priscilla Hodge met King while the pair were gambling at the Wynn in September last year, and became friends after meeting on several occasions.

Hodge watched King get out $100,000 in cash, and eventually loaned her $30,000 after she lost out in one of her gambling binges. Hodge even looked after her dog while she was traveling on buisness. 

King convinced Hodge to join one of her lending deals, but paid the money back a month late after she was forced to do so by a business associate.

The lawyer still has not returned the $30,000 loan, with Hodge telling DailyMail.com: ‘I knew that something wasn’t right with her, she was just suspicious.’

‘She sends around the same watches, Rolex and AP to everyone. She is a f***ing liar, and she took money from a cocktail waitress and someone else who worked at the Wynn.

‘King is the biggest scammer. She just lies out of her a**.’

Hodge watched King (pictured)  get out $100,000 in cash, and eventually loaned her $30,000 after she lost out in one of her gambling binges

Hodge watched King (pictured)  get out $100,000 in cash, and eventually loaned her $30,000 after she lost out in one of her gambling binges

Hodge watched King (pictured)  get out $100,000 in cash, and eventually loaned her $30,000 after she lost out in one of her gambling binges

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