Tag - fraud



U.S. prosecutors accused Amit Patel, the Jacksonville Jaguars' former manager of financial planning and analysis, of stealing the money to fund a luxurious lifestyle
Dec 8, 2023
Ex-Jaguars executive accused of stealing $22 million from team
U.S. prosecutors accused Amit Patel, the team’s former manager of financial planning and analysis, of stealing the money to fund a luxurious lifestyle.
Kiyoto Imamura, who the police suspect used the pseudonym "Luffy" when planning and coordinating scams and burglaries.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 5, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring members served fresh warrants over 2022 robbery
The latest arrests mark the final charges from eight cases of burglary across the country subject to intensive police investigation since June.
A man, who said he was jailed for two years, speaks on condition of anonymity in temporary housing for former prisoners in Tokyo. Criminal recruits in Japan are being "exploited and disposed of as pawns" by gang leaders, the National Police Agency has said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
Why Japan's gangs are recruiting online
For Japan's criminal underworld, social media offers an anonymous way to connect with anyone willing to commit crimes to earn money.
Daisuke Ogawa (right) arrives at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on Wednesday after being transferred from Thailand.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 15, 2023
Japanese suspect in alleged phone scam extradited from Thailand
The case it the latest in a series in which scammer groups were found to be targeting Japanese victims from locations in Southeast Asia.
Au Pay offers points for each transaction up to ¥250,000, with users receiving reward points.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 10, 2023
Six arrested in ¥171 million au Pay points scam
The store owner is believed to have been recruiting people on social media to cooperate with him on the fake transactions.
Suspects arrested aboard a flight from Cambodia for their alleged involvement in phone scams arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Wednesday night.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 9, 2023
Japanese phone scam suspects speak of harsh conditions in Cambodia
One man said he had only one day off a month and was "not allowed to go outside" the apartment from which the alleged scam was run.
Japanese police investigators arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 8, 2023
Japanese fraud suspects extradited from Cambodia
Investigators say the suspects made fraudulent phone calls from Cambodia posing as nursing home staff and lawyers, aiming to scam victims in Japan.
An apartment building in Phnom Penh where a group of Japanese nationals was detained for allegedly running a phone scam operation.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 7, 2023
25 alleged fraudsters held in Cambodia to be extradited to Japan
Investigators from several Japanese prefectural police authorities have been dispatched to Phnom Penh to facilitate the transfer.
Former FTX chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried leaves Manhattan federal court in New York in January.
Nov 4, 2023
Swift FTX case vindicates prosecution ‘need for speed’
ON Thursday, the jury took only a few hours to convict Sam Bankman-Fried of treating FTX as his personal piggy bank.
Former FTX chief Sam Bankman-Fried leaves court following a bail hearing ahead of his October fraud trial, in New York City on July 26.  He was found guilty on all counts against him on Thursday.
Nov 3, 2023
Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty on all counts at fraud trial
The panel reached its decision after five weeks of trial, and the former crypto tycoon now faces up to 110 years behind bars.
The transport ministry holds a hearing session for Bigmotor on Friday in Nagoya. Bigmotor officials did not show up.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 20, 2023
Transport ministry moves to punish Bigmotor outlets over fraud
Violations by the used car chain have included overcharging customers for inspection and maintenance fees.
The transport ministry plans to order major used car dealer Bigmotor to halt operations at a quarter of its vehicle maintenance outlets over suspected improper provision of services as investigations continue into insurance fraud cases.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 13, 2023
Bigmotor to be ordered to halt operations at 34 maintenance shops
The transport ministry has said that the company intentionally damaged vehicles to inflate repair fees.
A Bigmotor dealer branch in Saitama that was inspected by the transport ministry
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2023
Transport ministry to penalize used car dealer Bigmotor for fraud
Penalties are planned at 34 Bigmotor outlets, with 12 possibly set to have their authority to conduct safety inspections revoked.
Whistleblower reports on Bigmotor's fraudulent activities prompted Sompo Japan and two other major nonlife insurers to suspend customer referrals to Bigmotor in June last year, but Sompo Japan soon resumed the referrals.
Oct 11, 2023
Panel raps Sompo Japan's resumption of business with Bigmotor
The report said the resumption of business was caused by concerns among Sompo Japan execs about possibly losing deals with Bigmotor to rivals.
The number of phone fraud cases involving international calls has been rising sharply in recent months.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 4, 2023
Japan logs sharp rise in phone fraud using international calls
Over half of telephone fraud cases reported in September involved international phone numbers.
Financial Services Agency officials enter Bigmotor's Tama outlet in western Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 19, 2023
Watchdog starts on-site probe of Bigmotor and Sompo Japan
The investigation aims to dig deeper into the insurance fraud scandal by the leading used-car dealer. The probe is likely to take several months.
Fuji TV quoted tech journalist Yo Mikami as saying there is a chance that the suspect opened one of the victim's eyelids so he could unlock the smartphone.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 15, 2023
Two men arrested in Tokyo over alleged theft using Face ID
A 27-year-old Tunisian man allegedly used the victim’s smartphone to send ¥500,000 to the bank account of his 25-year-old friend.
A resort hotel in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where 19 Japanese people believed to be members of a fraud group were staying and later deported in April
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 13, 2023
More than 20 Japanese detained in Cambodia over fraud allegations
The move came after the Japanese Embassy in Cambodia passed on information to local authorities about the existence of Japanese involved in online fraud.
Sompo Japan Insurance President Giichi Shirakawa apologizes during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 8, 2023
Sompo Japan president to resign for Bigmotor insurance fraud scandal
The insurer's close relationship with the used car dealership has come under scrutiny since the firm was found to have made fraudulent insurance claims.
Nomura Securities International has agreed to pay $35 million over securities trading fraud which took place from 2009 to 2013 and primarily from the company’s trading floor in New York.
Aug 23, 2023
Nomura fined $35 million in U.S. over mortgage-backed securities
Nomura Securities International will also pay almost $808,000 in restitution to victims of the scheme.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on