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Prosecutors in Tottori Prefecture on Monday received fresh fraud and embezzlement allegations that a 33-year-old man habitually failed to pay for stays at inns and hotels linked to famous hot spas.

The suspect, Shingo Wada, who hails from Aomori Prefecture, is already being tried on a separate fraud charge.

In the new allegations, Wada reportedly defrauded three people out of 14.5 million yen between May 2001 and April.

While living in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, during this period, Wada claimed that a boutique he had operated in Tokyo had failed and that he needed money, police said.

He was then lent cash by the three people.

While trying to flee, Wada also failed to pay bills worth some 1.1 million yen that he had racked up at 21 hotels and inns in 12 prefectures between August and September, according to police.

Investigators said Wada used guidebooks to select inns that did not require a deposit.

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