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Tokyo cops: Real estate exec faked contracts to lease space to fraud groups

Tomosato Minamimura
Tomosato Minamimuraud

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a real estate executive suspected of intentionally misstating information in contract documents in order to lease office space to fraud groups, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 5).

In June, Tomosato Minamimura, the 43-year-old head of a real estate company, employee Masayuki Nakajima, 36, and five other persons are alleged to have signed a contract for the lease of a space in a building in Taito Ward with a party different from the actual occupant, which was a fraud group that swindled persons with false claims about the usage of an adult site.

All of the seven suspects admit to the allegations.

According to the Akasaka Police Station, the suspects made similar agreements for more than 100 other spaces in the metropolis. In the majority of the cases, Nakajima checked the premises prior to the execution of the contract to ensure that the owner was not strict in his assessment of the occupant.

The matter came to light after police searched the Taito office and made five arrests in September, according to the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 4).