Do you have any cash?
The woman, who is serving a three-year prison sentence for theft in a special fraud case, is believed to have been a “caller” who made such calls to the target to inquire about the status of his assets.
On August 22, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigation Division 1 re-arrested four suspects, including Mato Imamura, who called himself “Luffy” as an instructor, on suspicion of preliminary robbery and attempted theft. In January this year, the suspects allegedly broke a window glass at a house in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, and tried to steal money and goods. Among the four arrested was a woman who used to be a “kakeko. The suspect is Risa Yamada, 27.
Yamada has already been sentenced to prison, but during her trial she spoke of the “fear control” of her instructors. During his trial, he spoke of the “fear control” of his instructors, saying, “They told me they were going to kill me, and I didn’t have the courage to run away. In addition to Yamada, several women were arrested from a group of black market robbers who were engaged in special fraud. Some of them are former female university students who competed in the “Miss Campus” pageant, and others seem to have nothing to do with the crimes.
In an article distributed on March 21 this year, “FRIDAY Digital” reported in detail on the female suspects involved in the fraud case. We would like to reproduce the article and look back at the unexpected faces and roles of these women (some parts have been corrected).
“I was quite popular with the men.”
As they boarded the police vehicle from the plane, the women bowed lightly to the press.
Yamada, who was deported from the Philippines on March 17, 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, he 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 seized an abandoned hotel in the capital city of Manila that served as a base for the criminal group and took 36 people into custody, but the suspect, Yamada, escaped detection and went on the run. He was taken into custody only in January of this year.
In addition to Yamada, there are several other female suspects. One such suspect is Haruna Terashima, a native of Nagano Prefecture, who was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigation Division 2 on June 14 for allegedly swindling cash cards and cash from elderly people by claiming to be an employee of the Ministry of Finance.
Haruna Terashima, a native of Nagano Prefecture, is one of the suspects. “It is said that after graduating from high school, she worked at a high-class cabaret club in Tokyo. With her mature atmosphere, she was quite popular among men. In fact, she is talked about as ‘cute’ on the Internet. It is possible that she became involved in “black market job robbery” while working in the downtown area.
Another suspect with an unusual background is Hitomi Kumai, who, like Yamada, is believed to have been a “kakeko. 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 is said to have been 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 application, which has a function to erase information after a certain period 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’ll be in a lot of trouble.
Since they had even told the victim’s family members, it was not easy to escape for fear of harm to them or their relatives. 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.
Despite their glamorous careers, these female suspects have become involved in black market robberies. It seems that once they got involved in crime, they were stuck in a quagmire from which it was difficult to get out.
PHOTO： Shinji Hasuo