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Corporate executive not prosecuted for defrauding Ginza hostess

TOKYO (TR) – Prosecutors have announced the non-prosecution of a 66-year-old male corporate executive over the alleged swindle of a bar hostess in the Ginza entertainment district, reports TV Asahi (July 4).

Last November, Muneo Ichii allegedly defrauded the woman, then 39, out of 3 million yen after telling her, “It is not good to leave cash in a bank account such that it can be seen [by the authorities]. So I can look after it for a while.”

Upon his arrest on suspicion of fraud in July, Ichii admitted to the allegations. “I really needed cash,” the suspect was quoted by police.

Muneo Ichii
Muneo Ichii (Twitter)

On Monday, prosecutors with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the non-prosecution of Ichii. No reason for the non-prosecution was given.

Ichii got to know the woman through visits to the club. During one such visit, he learned about the balance in her bank account.

Police were investigating if the funds obtained from the woman were used as working capital at the suspect’s firm.