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Fukuoka tax office seizes ¥900 million from accounts of yakuza boss

Satoru Nomura
Satoru Nomura

FUKUOKA (TR) – The Fukuoka Regional Taxation Bureau has seized nearly one billion yen from the top boss of the Kudo-kai organized crime group as a part of a tax evasion probe, investigative sources revealed on Thursday, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Dec. 10).

Between 2010 and 2014, Satoru Nomura, the 69-year-old head of the Kitakyushu City-based gang, concealed 810 million yen in income obtained through a process known as jonokin, which involves funneling money collected through the operations of lower members upward within the gang.

As a result, the boss is liable for a tax bill of 320 million yen. However, an inquiry covering the years 2008 and 2009 revealed that the total liability increases to 550 million yen. Further, when penalties are applied and the fact that he deliberately concealed income is considered, the total tax burden becomes approximately 800 million yen.

Nomura was also found liable for 100 million yen in city and prefecture taxes.

Starting in the fall, tax officials began pulling a total of approximately 900 million yen from multiple bank accounts belonging to Nomura.

Fukuoka police arrested Nomura for the fourth time in July on charges of tax evasion. Last October, police arrested Nomura, for involvement in the murder of a fishery cooperative president in Kitakyushu in 1998 and the stabbing of a nurse in Fukuoka’s Hakata Ward two years ago. He was also arrested in the stabbing of a dentist in May of last year.