A 47-year-old man was charged with fraud on Wednesday, accused of deliberately cutting off three of his fingers and claiming around 12 million yen in accident insurance last year. A 52-year-old man and his 50-year-old wife were also charged with fraud, accused of conspiring with the man to defraud an insurance company of the money.
Moriaki Abiru, 47, is accused of deliberately cutting off three of his fingers with a knife on February 13 last year at a yakiniku restaurant he used to work at in Himeji City. Kiyoto Yoshikawa, 52, and his wife Misae, 50, who own the restaurant, are accused of conspiring with Abiru in claiming that his fingers were cut off accidentally as they were slicing meat from the bone. An insurance company paid compensation of roughly 11.65 million yen in total from March to August last year. Abiru has admitted to willfully cutting off his fingers but Kiyoto and Misae Yoshikawa have denied their involvement.
Abiru was arrested on March 11 this year and later charged with robbery and assault, accused of stabbing a 61-year-old doctor and head of a gastrointestinal clinic in Kakogawa City on January 28. Abiru admitted to stabbing the man and told police he had conspired with Kiyoto and Misae Yoshikawa to rob the clinic, and they have been charged as well. Kiyoto told police they did not intend to kill the doctor but Misae has denied any connection with the incident.
The insurance fraud committed last year came to light recently when Abiru confessed during investigations into the March robbery and assault case.© News reports