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Tokyo nursing exec busted for fraud, likely funded organized crime

Yoshimasa Takamuku
Yoshimasa Takamuku
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested a nursing services executive with ties to organized crime on fraud charges related to reimbursement payments for the dispatching of nurses to a care home for the elderly in Ibaraki Prefecture, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Feb. 18).

Officers from the anti-organized crime division took Kisho Takamuku, 48, who is already under prosecution on auction-disruption charges, and two other suspects into custody for illegally receiving nursing care benefits of 730,000 yen between November and December of 2011.

Since 2007, Takamuku managed the Matsuba Clinic, which is located inside a home for the elderly in Ryugasaki City. According to the Nikkei Shimbun (Feb. 18), the clinic received a total of 670 million yen in payments for medical and nursing services over a three-year period ending in 2011.

Kisho, a resident of Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward, is also chief of the Japan Patriot Association right-wing group, which is affiliated with the Sumiyoshi-kai organized crime syndicate. According to police, a person related to the association received 60 million yen of the clinic’s revenue. Investigators believe a portion of those funds were funneled to organized crime coffers.

According to the Sankei Shimbun (Jan. 28), Kisho was arrested on January 28 for allegedly presenting a fraudulent rental agreement to the Mito District Court in an attempt to interfere with the auction of a hospital’s building and land.