The woman bowed lightly to the press as she boarded the police vehicle from the plane.
Deported from the Philippines on March 17 was Risa Yamada, 26, who is believed to have been a “kakeko” of a group of black market robbers. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigation Division 2 arrested Yamada on suspicion of theft on board the plane during transport. After arriving in Japan, she was interrogated at the Shibuya Police Station of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
Yamada is believed to be involved in a special fraud case in which he defrauded a woman in her 60s living in Tokyo of five cash cards in November ’19. It appears that he made phone calls to her, claiming to be a police officer or an employee of the Financial Services Agency.
In the same month, Philippine authorities uncovered an abandoned hotel in the capital city of Manila that was the base of the criminal group and took 36 people into custody, but the suspect, Yamada, escaped detection and went on the run. It was not until January of this year that he was taken into custody.
Japan’s Cutest New Student
In addition to Yamada, there are several other criminal groups detained in the Philippines. Among them, Hitomi Kumai, 24, who is believed to have been a “kakeko” like Yamada, has an unusual background. According to the March 25 issue of Shukan Gendai, her father was a politician and her grandfather was a distinguished person who received the Order of Merit. Hitomi Kumai herself was a former female university student who participated in the “Miss Campus” pageant at Tama Art University.
Shukan Gendai” reports that she participated in the “Fresh Campus Contest” to determine the cutest new student in Japan. In high school, she was a member of the track team and gave the impression of a sports girl, but since then she has been wearing bold clothes and going out into the night. While her life became more lavish, she was always in need of money. She must have turned to black-market job robbery for the high reward.
In the black market job robbery, it is said that the robbers recruited the perpetrators by offering favorable terms such as “10 million yen reward” and “1 million yen per day” through social networking sites. The “directing officers,” who called themselves “Ralphie” or “Kim,” demanded that applicants provide identification and their parents’ home address. Only after these procedures were completed did they reveal that the job was “special fraud” or “robbery,” according to the report.
The “Telegram” communication app, which has a function to erase information after a certain amount of time, was used to ask the perpetrators to send images of their mug shots and driver’s licenses to the perpetrators. Once the images were sent, the message said, ‘If you run away, you will be in terrible trouble.
Since they had even told the victim’s family members, the victim could not easily escape, fearing that even his relatives would be harmed. In fact, one of the perpetrators stated, “A stranger visited me at home out of the blue,” and “I thought I was being watched. I thought I was being watched.” “I’ve joined a terrible organization,” he said. Once they apply for the job, they are blinded by the high reward and have no choice but to continue to commit crimes.
Kumai, who was born into a good family and enrolled in a prestigious art college, was involved in a black market job robbery. He is scheduled to be deported from the Philippines in the near future.
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