Police in Tokyo this week arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of fraudulently receiving his deceased mother's pension payments for 17 years. Fuji TV reported that the suspect is believed to have collected 18 million yen for nearly two decades.
Police said Shinichi Ogawa, a part-time worker living in Koto Ward, was initially arrested for illegally receiving his mother’s pension from 2015 to 2018. Ogawa received 2.8 million yen during those three years.
When Ogawa's mother died in 2003, the ward office issued a death certificate. But Ogawa annually filed a false report with the Japan Pension Service, concealing his mother's death in order continue to get her pension payments for 17 years. In all, Ogawa received a total of 18 million yen.
The case came to light when the Japan Pension Service was checking pensioners' existence using the My Number social security card and came across the death certificate of Ogawa’s mother.
Police said Ogawa told them he used the money for living expenses, including utilities and food.© Japan Today