Police in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture, have arrested a 67-year-old woman on suspicion of fraud after she failed to pay 106,500 yen for a 270-kilometer round-trip taxi fare from Iwate Prefecture’s Oshu City to Ninohe City.
Police said Takiko Sasaki got in the taxi in Oshu on the afternoon of April 7 and arrived in Ninohe at dawn the following day, Kyodo News reported. She got out of the taxi without paying and walked away before the driver could stop her. At the time, Sasaki was staying at a hotel in Oshu and went to visit a friend in Ninohe.
Police said Sasaki, who was arrested on Tuesday, has denied any criminal intent and quoted her as saying, “I went to see an acquaintance and was going to pay later.”© Japan Today