A 62-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for defrauding a 49-year-old South Korean woman of 100 million yen in cash by convincing her that U.S.$1-million bills can be exchanged with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Mitsuhiro Notsu was arrested for allegedly deceiving the victim, who runs a bar in Akasaka, where he is a regular customer, by telling her that she could make a big profit if she invested her money in a fund.
According to police, from July to November in 2006, Notsu gained the victim's trust by asking her to keep 100 of the $1-million bills for him. The woman said he told her that she could exchange them with the CIA and they would transfer the money to her. Then, Notsu asked her to invest 200 million yen in a fictitious fund. Although he later gave her back 46 million yen as a “return on investment,” the victim has not received a dividend and the rest of the money she invested is unaccounted for.
Notsu denies the allegations but told police that he had obtained the $1-million bills from a group of foreigners in Kabukicho, Shinjuku's red light district.© Japan Today