Man arrested for paying taxi fare with counterfeit money he printed at home


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of paying a taxi fare with a fake 10,000 yen bill.

According to police, in mid-June, Takuya Kimura, an ex-employee at a hostess club, used a bogus 10,000 yen bill to pay his taxi fare in Itabashi Ward. Kimura managed to deceive the driver into handing over 9,000 yen in change, Fuji TV reported.

Kimura was identified through the taxi’s dashboard camera footage. Following his arrest, he admitted to using a printer at home to make the counterfeit bill because he “wanted money.”

Police said that in June, eight incidents involving counterfeit 10,000 yen bills were reported in Tokyo. Police are questioning Kimura about his involvement in those cases.

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Printed at home?

Not the sharpest tools in the box...

Him or the taxi driver.

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I've always thought Japanese money was very easy to copy. Yeah, you're not pass it off at a bank or most shops, but flipping it over to the front seat of a taxi in the middle of the night seems pretty easy to get away with, except for the camera, of course.

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Never a good idea to counterfeit money but it does happen on a professional scale. I knew someone who made such paper and the only telltale sign it's fake is the smell and the best part is that everything that he needed was bought from the bookstore.

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Printing money with no value, isn't that what the government does?

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The man is an idiot.

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Paper money not really real by any stretch of the imagination....

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@bluedogsdodge = exactly. They don't like competition though

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“Takuya Kimura, an ex-employee at a hostess club”

Busted trying to live in a style more befitting his namesake. Guess he’ll just have to go back to being one of those preening touts who hang around train stations looking to entice girls to visit his club.

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Forgedmoney is unusual in Japan but the feel of it should have felt very different to the taxi driver.

Paper money not really real by any stretch of the imagination....

Yeah gold is the way forward along with a load of crank YouTube videos.

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$50 dollar bill! $50 dollar bill! Guys we have $50 dollar bill!

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