NHK reported this afternoon that on Wednesday the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested a Nigerian national on fraud charges and suspicion of violating the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Procedures. According to the police, the suspect defrauded an American company of money during its transfer to Japan by hacking into the email account of one of the company’s accountants. The suspect had the money sent to the bank account of an acquaintance of his. According to the police, the suspect has been denying the allegations.
TBS aired a similar story in its noon news, adding that the suspect claims he is an Osaka-based trader. The network said that the American company remitted about 108 million yen to a bank in Sendai in April 2017 and that the Tokyo police are investigating the case together with the FBI.