Although online dating services allow you to peruse profiles of potential paramours from the comfort of your home, they can also be a prime opportunity for fraudsters who pray on the lonely. Last month, for example, we took a look at a ring of dating sites which claimed 2.7 million “users,” only one of whom turned out to be an actual female.
A man from northeastern Japan who joined a dating site actually got to go out with a real girl, and probably thought she was quite the catch, seeing as how she’s decades younger than him and a medical student. Regardless of whether he was looking for something serious or just a fun dinner out, we imagine he was having a great time right up until she drugged him right there in the restaurant and robbed him blind.
The unnamed man, a 52-year-old resident of Miyagino Ward in Sendai, met 23-year-old Midori Kohama through a dating site. After exchanging messages, Kohama, a sixth-year student at Tohoku Pharmaceutical University, agreed to meet the man for dinner at an izakaya restaurant in Sendai’s Aoba Ward on the night of June 24.
Izakaya tend to have pretty extensive menus of alcoholic beverages and small plates of food to accompany them. However, they usually don’t have much in the way of dessert, so Kohama was thoughtful/devious enough to prepare a batch of home-made chocolate, which she presented to the man during their meal and encouraged him to try right there.
The man partook of Kohama’s sweets, perhaps as an attempt to be extra-accommodating during their first meeting. Unfortunately for him, Kohama didn’t just put her skills as a cook into the chocolate, but her knowledge as a pharmacist, too, as she’d mixed in a generous dose of soporific drugs, or sleeping medicine. After the drugs took effect and the man passed out, Kohama relieved her date of the two ATM/credit cards he had in his wallet.
Police claim the student also stole 40,000 yen from the man, and arrested Kohama on July 16. Kohama has partially admitted to the charges, telling the authorities “I wanted money. There is no mistake in the accusation that I took the cards, but I don’t remember taking any cash.”
Police said this is the second time Kohama has been taken into custody in less than a month, as she was also arrested on June 26 on charges stemming from a nearly identical crime in Nagajo City in Miyagi Prefecture.
In that incident, a 55-year-old man who went out to dinner with Kohama after meeting her through a dating site says she drugged him with chocolate and took 25,000 yen in cash along with two credit cards. Police say that Kohama was able to surmise that the man’s birthdate, listed on the driver’s license also in his wallet, doubled as the cards’ PIN, and subsequently ran up roughly one million yen in charges.
Kohama was similarly unrepentant after her first arrest, saying: “I did it to punish perverted middle-aged men who let their money talk for them even though they’re that old…I did it to other men too. I wanted their money.”
Source: Sankei News
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