Tokyo Police Arrest Land Fraudsters; Sekisui House Loses Billions of Yen

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo police arrested on Tuesday some members of a fraud group for allegedly attempting to register a land ownership change using fake documents, in a high-profile case that led Sekisui House Ltd. <1928> to lose billions of yen.

Among the land swindler group members arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department was Masami Haketa, 63.

The MPD plans to arrest other members of the group as well. Of them, a man believed to be the group's leader has fled abroad, and the police will try to find his whereabouts by obtaining an arrest warrant, while aiming to uncover the whole picture of the case.

According to investigative sources, the group, around June last year, is suspected of having attempted to register a change in the ownership of a 2,000-square-meter land lot in the Nishigotanda district in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward by submitting forged documents to a local branch office of the Justice Ministry's Tokyo Legal Affairs Bureau, with one of its members pretending to be the landlord of the site.

According to Sekisui House and other sources, the company came to know around March last year that the land in question was on sale. On April 24 the same year, the major house maker based in the western Japan city of Osaka concluded a contract to purchase the site with a woman who claimed to be its owner through a real estate company.

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