Apr 10, 2014

'It's me' scam rings up ¥408 million for three teens

Three teenagers believed to be behind scams that fleeced people out of about ¥408 million ($4 million) are being quizzed by the police, reports said Thursday. The trio, all 17, are thought to have been responsible for a rash of “Ore, ore” (“It’s me”) ...

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

Apr 5, 2014

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

by Elaine Kurtenbach

National The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper is a setback for Japan’s efforts to promote its advanced research, but also a symptom of the pressure for breakthroughs in the field, experts say. The government-funded Riken ...

Mar 11, 2014

ANA suspects mileage point scam

All Nippon Airways suspects customer mileage points have been converted without authorization into points for Apple Inc.’s iTunes store, the company has said. The ANA Holdings Inc. unit has suspended its service of allowing customers to exchange mileage points for points usable on Apple’s ...

Feb 5, 2014

Eight held over phony investments

Eight men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly running a scam selling nonexistent shares in medical and other firms that potentially defrauded 200 people out of about ¥400 million, police said. The men, led by 64-year-old Masao Terao, from Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, have so far ...

Feb 5, 2014

Man nabbed for forging cards with stolen ATM data

Police on Wednesday arrested a former employee of Fujitsu Frontech Ltd. on charges of illegally obtaining data on users of Bank of Yokohama automated teller machines and forging cash cards based on the information. Toshikazu Akahoshi, 46, is a former division chief in the ...

Jan 13, 2014

Protecting consumers against fraud

The Diet has enacted a law that sets the procedure for class-action lawsuits aimed at helping consumers who have suffered financial damage from unscrupulous sales methods receive compensation from companies.

New York cops among 106 accused over 9/11 fraud

Jan 8, 2014

New York cops among 106 accused over 9/11 fraud

Former New York police officers and firefighters were among 106 people indicted Tuesday over a “massive fraud” worth hundreds of millions of dollars, some in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. The accused allegedly collected tens of thousands of dollars a year in Social ...

Sep 20, 2013

SDF cadets accused of insurance fraud handed to prosecutors

The Self-Defense Forces handed prosecutors their cases on five National Defense Academy cadets suspected of swindling insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of yen in payouts, a Defense Ministry source said. The cadets falsely claimed they were hospitalized with injuries to illegally claim ...

Jackson, wife given jail terms

Aug 15, 2013

Jackson, wife given jail terms

Jesse Jackson Jr., a once-promising Illinois congressman, was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money to fund an extravagant lifestyle. In an emotional hearing that capped Jackson’s precipitous downfall, the longtime House member said ...