OSAKA — The Osaka District Court on Monday ordered the Honohana Sampogyo foot-reading cult and its founder to pay some 100 million yen in damages to 16 people, mainly in the Kinki region, whom the cult allegedly bilked out of millions of yen.

Judge Keisuke Hayashi handed down the sentence to the cult, based in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, and its founder and former leader Hogen Fukunaga, 55.

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