A police officer was suspended for six months after it was revealed that he stole gasoline for private use using his police patrol car, Fukushima prefectural police said Sunday.
According to police, the 44-year-old traffic division head patrol officer had gas station staff in the town of Inawashiro fill his tank beyond its 20-liter limit. He is supected to have put the surpliuse fuel into a container which he then would use for his private vehicle. Police said the officer had done this on at least 28 occasions.
According to a report on TV Asahi, the scam was eventually uncovered by the police accounting team who realized that the officer's car was using an unusual amount of fuel. The officer was quoted as saying that he thought of the idea because the price of gasoline had gone up and he wanted to economize.© Japan Today