Tokyo cops nab yakuza in bank fraud

Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi members deposited ¥40 million into an account they opened while concealing their gang affiliation

Hisashi Miyazato
Hisashi Miyazato

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two persons affiliated with an organized crime group on charges of bank fraud, reports NHK (July 6).

Hisashi Miyazato, a 46-year-old member of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, and Shunkei Yanagisawa, a 53-year-old associate member, allegedly concealed their gang ties in obtaining a cash card after applying for a bank account.

Yanagisawa admits to the charges, telling police that the gang “requested him to open the account” since restrictions prevented them from doing so, according to TV Asahi (July 6). Meanwhile, Miyazato denies the charges. “I didn’t open an account,” the gangster is quoted.

A total of 40 million yen was deposited into the account. Police suspect that the money is operating funds for the gang.

The Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi formed last summer following the dissolution of the Yamaguchi-gumi.

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