Suspect told police, ‘I did it to repay debt’
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a female bank employee for allegedly establishing an account for a person she met online, reports TBS News (Feb. 20).
Last July, Haruka Tanaka, a 23-year-old employee at a shinkin(cooperative regional) bank in Fukushima Prefecture, allegedly opened the account and fabricated a bank card without he being the intended user.
"I did it to repay debt," Tanaka was quoted by the Mitaka Police Station in admitting to committing fraud. She added that the debt is around 700,000 yen.
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Police became aware of the account last November during an investigation into a case referred to as tokushu sagi, or special fraud, whereby victims are targeted over the telephone.
Tanaka provided the account and card to a person she became acquainted with on an underground site accessible through a smartphone app.
The suspect was to be paid by the person. However, they failed to do so after she passed on the account and card.
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