Police in Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of stealing 1,000 coupons worth one million yen from the Go To Travel subsidy campaign, at the hotel where he worked last December.
Police said Kouichi Ichikawa was working at the Kurofune Hotel in Shimoda City, where he is accused of stealing the coupons on Dec 12, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police were able to trace the stolen coupons after they were used at several restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture. After reviewing surveillance footage at the eateries, Ichikawa emerged as the suspect and was arrested on Tuesday.
The coupons were kept inside the hotel’s administration office. Another hotel employee noticed the coupons were missing on Dec 13. The Go To Travel coupons can be redeemed at the users’ travel destinations.
The coupons were valid in six prefectures, including Shizuoka and Tokyo, and were to be given to hotel guests.
The government suspended the Go To Travel campaign on Dec 28 to try and halt the surge in coronavirus cases nationwide.© Japan Today