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Tokyo cops nab leader of fraud ring that operated out of vehicle

Yuki Miyata
Yuki Miyata

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 22-year-old male leader of a fraud ring that operated from a vehicle in the Kanto and Kansai areas, reports Nippon News Network (Mar. 8).

In December of last year, Yuki Miyata, a resident of Inabe City, Mie Prefecture, and associates in the ring swindled an elderly man living in Shinagawa Ward out of two million yen by posing as his son on the telephone in a scam known as ore ore sagi, or “it’s me fraud.” “I lost a bank check for my company,” of the members of the ring falsely said to the victim.

The ring, which included three or four subordinate members, operated from a rented vehicle and targeted persons living in Osaka, Tokyo and other areas of the country.

“I wanted extra money to live on, so I swindled people,” the suspect is quoted by police, according to TBS News (Mar. 8).

Late last year, Miyata visited China to commit similar crimes. He was apprehended by police upon his arrival at Kansai International Airport upon earlier this month.