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Home-visit caregiver arrested for stealing man’s cash card and withdrawing ¥500,000

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a home-visit care worker on suspicion of theft after he allegedly stole a cash card belonging to a man under his care last year.

According to police, Hiroyasu Fukushima, 58, an employee of Home-Visit Nursing Station Nadeshiko Adachi in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward, has admitted to stealing the cash card and withdrawing 500,000 yen from the victim's bank account, Kyodo News reported.

Police said Fukushima used a duplicate key around mid-August last year to enter the home of a 49-year-old man under his nursing care. At the time, the victim was out of his house, undergoing rehab.

Police said the victim has a severe disability that makes it difficult to move his body or speak. Before the theft, the man revealed the location of his cash card and PIN number to Fukushima so he could inquire about his account balance.

Following his arrest this week, Fukushima was quoted by police as saying, “I needed money for living expenses and thought he (the victim] wouldn’t notice.”

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How dumb must you have to be to use a stolen card with all the CCTV cameras around these days?

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This scum needs some jail time.

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Gives a bad name to the hard-working home carers.

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I was robbed by using the Silver Sevice. They help poor people to get work cleaning etc. I thought I was helping charity. unfortunately the woman did more than cleaning. She cleaned out our house after we trusted her. Police investigated and did nothing. My partners brother also used our mothers card to steal a lot.

I learn that in Japan, there is no carjacking, armed robbery etc, just deception.

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You don't give your PiN number, rule #1 except if the person of confidence has rights over you, which a simple caregiver has not.

If no family and incapacitated, somebody was necessarily taking care of his finances by right, that has to be the law, even in Japan.

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Too bad there isn’t an ethics and morals section on the “center test.”

I wonder how many “honest and safety” citizens would fail that section miserably.

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Steal from the rich at least!

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I can use my Cash card in many stores without entering a PIN code.

That is quite troubling, especially were I to loose my wallet.

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Also, if you use online services such as Amazon/Apple/etc., they tend to keep your Credit card details online... out of convenience, so if you accidentally give access to your account to another (through clicking a link in an email), you're basically handing over your credit card to them. Suggest removing such details, and/or enabling 2LA via a passcode message being sent to your phone before you can login.

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olice said the victim has a severe disability that makes it difficult to move his body or speak. Before the theft, the man revealed the location of his cash card and PIN number to Fukushima so he could inquire about his account balance.

Sad to see this abuse of trust from a person that assumed the responsibility of caring for someone that requires help. At least he was caught and will have to pay for his actions, hope he will never be in a position to abuse vulnerable people like this again.

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@JTC

You're talking about the cash cards with an IC debit function. No debit function, you can’t swipe at the register. But most cash cards these days have the debit function so I’ve also worried what would happen if I lost my wallet and someone started swiping my card because for a lot of places u don’t need to type in your pin.

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