Police in Tokyo have arrested the leader and one member of a large con-artist group accused of defrauding elderly people out of hundreds of millions of yen with various scams.
According to police, Kazuya Kusaka, 34, is the leader of a group of at least 150 members nationwide.
The group, which has been in operation for almost one and a half years, is allegedly responsible for stealing approximately 300 million yen from unsuspecting victims through fraudulent schemes, Fuji TV reported.
Police said that one of Kusaka's group called a 71-year-old woman living in Higashikurume City, Tokyo, last July. He pretended to be her son and said that he had left a bag with a check in it in the waiting room at a hospital and that it had disappeared. He managed to trick the woman out of 4 million yen by having her send another check.
Police said that Kusaka was referred to as "the Fraud Evangelist" by his followers.© Japan Today