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Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza members received loan from Tokyo credit union

Koji Hattori
Koji Hattori
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested two members of the Sumiyoshi-kai organized crime group for fraudulently receiving a loan from a local credit union, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 3).

In July of 2011, management-level boss Koji Hattori, 43, member Koji Fujita, 40, and one other suspect are alleged to have pretended to be employees from a construction company in Musashimurayama City and took out a loan of 16 million yen from a credit union.

The money was said to be for the purchase of construction materials and general expenses.

The suspects have reportedly denied the allegations.

For a two-year period beginning in 2011, the suspects are believed to have collected 97 million yen on four occasions from credit unions using the same ploy, according to Nippon News Network (June 3).

Investigators are now seeking to determine if the money was being used as means of funding organized crime.