“I went to the Philippines because a friend asked me if I wanted to work part-time in a foreign country for a month. I went to the Philippines.
At her first trial on November 6 at the Tokyo District Court, Hitomi Kumai, 26, a defendant accused of theft, admitted the charges against her and stated, “I went to the Philippines. Kumai is a so-called “call girl” who made false phone calls within a special fraud group based in the Philippines. In November 2007, he allegedly assaulted a police officer and tricked an elderly man out of 4,140,000 yen.
Kumai was a beauty who competed in the “Miss Campus” pageant when she was a student, and she had attracted attention since her repatriation from the Philippines. She has a reputation for being ‘cute’ on the Internet. In court, it was also revealed that she is pregnant and raising a child with an accomplice.
On the other hand, it is unforgivable that he participated in a fraud case with a light heart and cheated elderly people out of their money. The degree of remorse of Kumai will be the focus of his trial. The prosecution is seeking four years in prison.
In an article distributed on May 26 of this year, “FRIDAY Digital” reported in detail on Kumai’s transfer and the circumstances leading up to the incident. We would like to recount the background of her involvement in the special fraud (some corrections have been made).
Sleeping soundly on the plane during repatriation
A woman in a white hoodie, who was transported from the Shibuya Police Station of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, was slumped over in the back seat of a car. Perhaps the investigator sitting next to her took pity on her for exposing her face to the media. The investigator sitting next to her gently pulled a hood over her head.
Shortly after 3 p.m. on May 24, a special fraud group detained in the Philippines arrived at Narita Airport. Four men and four women, including Kumai, were deported. The woman in the white hoodie is Kumai.
Kumai, who had a stiff look on her face after returning to Japan, slept soundly on the plane during the deportation until she was arrested. It is believed that she was a “caller” in a robbery case involving the theft of cash cards from elderly people.
There are several groups of special fraud perpetrators detained in the Philippines. Among them, the defendant Kumai, who is believed to have been a “kakeriko,” has an unusual background. According to the March 25 issue of “Shukan Gendai,” his father was a politician and his grandfather was a decorated master. He himself was a former female university student who participated in the “Miss Campus” pageant at a prestigious art university in Tokyo.
Shukan Gendai” reported that she had participated in the “Fresh Campus Contest” to determine the cutest new student in Japan. In high school, she was a member of the track club and gave the impression of a sports girl. However, since her entry in the contest, we hear that she has been going out at night in daring outfits.
While her life became more lavish, she was always in need of money. She probably turned to black market robbery for the high reward. There is even a story that he was earning money through “daddy’s life.
In the “black job” robbery, the perpetrators were allegedly recruited through social networking services, offering favorable terms such as “10 million yen reward” and “1 million yen per day. The “directing officers,” who called themselves “Ralphie” or “Kim,” would ask applicants to provide identification and their home addresses. 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 will be in terrible trouble.
Since they had even told the victim’s family members, it was not easy to escape for fear that even their 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 well-known art college, was involved in a black market job robbery. The verdict is scheduled to be handed down on December 7.
PHOTO： Shinji Hasuo