The father of TV "talent" and model Rola, 23, has been put on an international wanted list for allegedly defrauding Japan's national health insurance system.
According to a warrant issued by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Jurip Al-Asa, 53, who is from Bangladesh, conspired with another Bangladeshi to defraud the health insurance system out of 875,000 yen in payment for an operation he supposedly had overseas.
Sankei Shimbun quoted police sources as saying that 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 last year and Jurip fled Japan, police said.
According to Sankei, 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.
Rola on Tuesday issued a short statement through her agency, saying she was shocked at the news, but had no further comment. Her agency did not say if she will continue with her TV appearances this week as scheduled.© Japan Today