Two political organizations for scandal-tainted lawmaker Muneo Suzuki registered themselves as political entities by using the names of secretaries to Suzuki without the aides’ permission, sources said Friday.

A male secretary’s name was registered without his permission as an accountant of one of Suzuki’s political groups in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, in February 1999, according to the sources.

The secretary did not even know the political group existed, the sources said.

The group, now disbanded, managed Suzuki’s political funds, they said.

Another defunct political group, based in Chiyoda Ward, registered as its leader the name of another secretary who had already resigned from Suzuki’s office, the sources said.

Investigators from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office searched Suzuki’s office Thursday in the No. 1 building for House of Representatives members in Chiyoda Ward, as well as his private house in Minato Ward, on suspicion of a violation of the Political Funds Control Law by Suzuki’s close aide, Akira Miyano.

Prosecutors also raided a former office in Chiyoda Ward of a group that no longer exists that raised money for Suzuki.

Miyano, who has been charged with interfering in the bidding process for a government-funded construction project, was in charge of accounting for that group.

According to investigations, Miyano falsified a political funds report by the group, claiming it had revenues of only 750,000 yen, even though it had annual revenue of about 30 million yen over the three-year period before it was disbanded in January last year.

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