A civil servant in Itogawa, Niigata Prefecture has been charged with embezzling approximately 10 million yen from money intended for school lunches.
According to Itogawa city officials, the 60-year-old man was in charge of managing the accounts at the school lunch center. Fuji TV quoted police as saying that he drastically inflated the budget for cooking ingredients and, over the last five years, has taken approximately 10 million yen from the city coffers.
The Itogawa mayor on Monday released a statement, saying: "We must move forward from this and seek to regain the citizens' trust. We must show them how we deal with such behavior and how we will prevent it in the future."
In a similar case last month, a junior high school teacher in his 40s was arrested for stealing 15 million yen from funds allocated to provide school lunches to students. Immediately following the incident, a thorough investigation was conducted, which led to the discovery of the latest embezzlement, Fuji reported.© Japan Today