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Host club employee accused of overcharging woman met online

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male bar host over the alleged overcharging of a woman he met online, reports the Asahi Shimbun (June 17).

According to the Shinjuku Police Station, Ryo Urai, 22, works at club Mens and Queen, located in the Kabukicho red-light district of Shinjuku Ward.

On May 4, Urai lured the woman, aged in her 20s, to the club by claiming that the fee would be “5,000 yen per person” that day. He had met her through a matchmaking app.

After the woman stayed at the club between around 8:00 p.m. and midnight, she was presented with a bill totaling around 1 million yen, which she paid by credit card.

Urai also received an additional 200,000 yen in cash from the woman that she withdrew from an ATM machine after he falsely told her that the credit card could not be read.

Ryo Urai (Twitter)

Upon his arrest on suspicion of violating a metropolitan ordinance that prohibits bottakuri, or inflating bills, Urai denied the allegations, police said.

During the visit, the woman became heavily intoxicated. Thereafter, she realized she had been charged a total of 1.2 million yen and reported the matter to police.