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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza in health insurance scam

Keitaro Mito
Keitaro Mito

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday busted a ring headed in part by the boss of an organized crime group that fraudulently received health insurance payments, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 7).

Officers arrested Keitaro Mito, a 49-year-old boss of an affiliate of the Sumiyoshi-kai, Hitoshi Odaka, a 35-year-old official at a bone-setting clinic in Suginami Ward, and 12 others for submitting information of people posing as patients and receiving health insurance payments between August of 2011 and June of 2013.

Mito denies the charges while Odaka has admitted involvement.

For the bone-setting clinic, which was actually run by Mito, the ring is believed to have submitted information on roughly 300 fake patients to roughly 90 organizations for health insurance payments.

The ring collected a total of roughly 120 million yen, which police believe was funneled to the Sumiyoshi-kai.