Five people connected to Nishiyama Farm, a farm management company, have been arrested for suspected fraud totaling around 13.3 billion yen.
Hirotoshi Ito, 37, a former executive of Nishiyama Farm, an Okayama-based company offering farm tourism across Japan, faces allegations of fraud along with four other suspects, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to police reports, the men scammed a woman in her 30s residing in Yokohama City by falsely claiming they would refund her an extra 3% if she used her credit card to purchase products. The victim was reportedly conned out of 7.9 million yen in cash.
Another male victim swindled out of roughly 3 million yen told police that he was initially informed that there would be no risk.
Police suspect that the five men collected around 13.3 billion yen from the alleged fraud.© Japan Today