OSAKA — Osaka police said Wednesday they have arrested a man in Ishikawa Prefecture wanted on suspicion of forging public documents to help an acquaintance obtain the assets of a man who has gone missing.

Toshiaki Koshida, 61, of Osaka, was arrested Tuesday after being stopped in Matsuto, Ishikawa Prefecture, while driving a stolen car, police said. His name had been on the wanted list.

Koshida is suspected of illegally transferring ownership of land owned by Zenichiro Kato, 77, of Osaka, to Kato’s Chinese wife, Yin Lina, 46, by forging notarized documents, police said.

Yin is also on the wanted list on suspicion of forging notarized documents, they said.

Kato has been missing since October, but Yin registered him as having died in February, when in fact the dead person was a man who was acquainted with both Koshida and Yin, according to the police.

Police allege that Koshida and Yin conspired to transfer ownership of Kato’s land and register it with Osaka authorities in March and April.

Yin, Koshida and the man started living in the town of Nonoichi, Ishikawa Prefecture, in early February at a house they rented from Koshida’s brother-in-law. The man died around Feb. 15, the police said.

The police said they are investigating the death of the man and the suspected death of Kato.

On Monday, police searched Koshida’s apartment in Osaka and found some of Kato’s belongings there.

According to the police, Yin married Kato in May last year in Osaka.

Yin inherited half of Kato’s land in Osaka in mid-February this year, the other half going to a daughter Kato had in a previous marriage, police said.

But last month, Yin transferred ownership of the land inherited by Kato’s daughter to herself without the daughter’s consent, police said.

Police started investigating the case late last month after Kato’s daughter filed a complaint.

They also arrested Kaoru Hasegawa, 45, on May 21 on suspicion of pretending to be Kato’s daughter to help Yin get the inheritance. Hasegawa told police that she was paid 500,000 yen by Yin for her role in the forgery, they said.

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