Man in Japan Gambles COVID Town Funds Mistakenly Sent to Him

The money was supposed to be COVID-19 assistance for low-income households in a small Japanese town.

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Media gather outside a police station following a report that police arrested a man who has allegedly gambled away 46.3 million yen ($360,000) in COVID-19 relief aid mistakenly deposited into his bank account in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Police said they arrested Sho Taguchi, a 24-year-old jobless resident, in the town of Abu town in western Japan, on suspicion of computer fraud, on Wednesday. (Kyodo News via AP)
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TOKYO (AP) — The money was supposed to be COVID-19 assistance for low-income households in a small Japanese town, but it was mistakenly wired to a bank account of a resident who refused to return it and spent most of it on online gambling, police said. Sho Taguchi, a 24-year-old jobless resident in the town of Abu in western Japan, was arrested on Wednesday, Yamaguchi prefectural police said. Police said Thursday he admitted to spending…

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