The Tokyo District Court on Thursday convicted the father of TV “talent” and model Rola for defrauding Japan’s national health insurance system.
The court sentenced Jurip Al-Asa, 55, to two years and six months, suspended for four years, NTV reported.
Jurip, who is from Bangladesh, was arrested on July 26 last year after turning himself in at a police station in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. He had been put on Interpol's wanted list a year earlier.
The court heard that Jurip conspired with another Bangladeshi to defraud the health insurance system out of 1.67 million yen in payment for an operation he supposedly had overseas.
The accomplice, in December of 2009, submitted a forged medical certificate stating that he had undergone an operation overseas and asking for reimbursement of 70% of the cost of the operation. The accomplice was arrested in August 2012 just after Jurip fled Japan.
Authorities believe that Jurip headed a gang of Bangladeshis who carried out the same scam a number of times, netting more than 10 million yen in insurance payments.© Japan Today