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Tokyo cops nab yakuza boss in bank fraud

Yasumichi Fujita
Yasumichi Fujita

TOKYO (TR) – Hyogo Prefectural Police have arrested an organized crime boss on charges of bank fraud, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Nov. 18).

In January of last year, Yasumichi Fujita, the 44-year-old boss of the Hanabusa-gumi, an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, allegedly obtained a bank card in opening an account at branch in Kanagawa Prefecture by using the name of Akira Akimoto, 51, who was also arrested.

Police apprehended a third person, Yasuhito Usui, a 51-year-old company employee, for receiving the cash card for the account.

Fujita, who has been charged with fraud, has declined to comment on the allegations. The other two suspects admit to the charges.

Police are now investigating whether the account was used to manage funds obtained by the gang.

In October, Hyogo Prefectural Police arrested Fujita in the alleged beating and confinement inside a vehicle of a 44-year-old man after a dispute erupted among around a dozen persons on a street in Amagasaki City on the night of September 16, according to the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 25).