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AOMORI (Kyodo) A district court ordered five former Aomori prefectural housing corporation executives Tuesday to pay 42 million yen for failing to detect that an employee embezzled 1.4 billion yen over seven years.

In a civil lawsuit filed with the Aomori District Court, the public housing company sought a combined 900 million yen in damages from 19 former executives of Aomori Prefectural Housing Supply Public Corp. in connection with the embezzlement by Yuji Chida, 48, citing lax management.

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