Tokyo Police Arrest 9 Japanese over Special Fraud from Abroad


Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department has arrested nine Japanese nationals on suspicion of committing special fraud and other crimes in Japan using a base in Jilin Province, northeastern China.

According to police sources, the nine are believed to have worked under the instruction of a Chinese man. The group swindled a total of 180 million yen out of victims across Japan.

Among the nine are Toshihiro Nishiya, 44, whose address and profession were unknown, Masaaki Sato, 53, an unemployed resident of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Wataru Soyama, 31, a self-employed worker of Tokyo.

Nishiya denies the allegations, while the other eight have already been indicted for fraud and other charges, according to the sources.

The group was allegedly involved in an incident in which a woman in her 70s in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, was swindled out of three bank cards in early March last year through telephone calls from China that pretended to be from a Japanese department store.

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