A 16-year-old Tokyo high school student was arrested Tuesday for using a counterfeit 10,000 yen bill at a lottery booth in the Shibuya district, police alleged Thursday.
The teen from the city of Kiyose used the counterfeit bill to buy 1,000 yen worth of lottery tickets at the booth Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested on the spot, police said.
They quoted the youth as saying he counterfeited the bank note using a color photocopier.
Investigators have seized two bogus 10,000 yen bills and several bank notes in the process of being counterfeited from his home. The boy has also admitted to having used several fake bank notes in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture, police said.
Police alleged he used a counterfeit bill at the same lottery booth about one month ago and a 71-year-old sales clerk remembered his face. He ran away immediately after receiving change at that time.
The Juvenile Law prohibits the media from identifying suspects aged 19 or younger.
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