Police in Itami, Hyogo Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested an unemployed 45-year-old woman on suspicion of fraud after she made false complaints to many businesses in order to get compensation from them.
According to police, Tomoko Onotani called a pastry shop in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture, in May and told them there was hair in a cake she bought from the store, Sankei Shimbun reported. An employee of the store went to a parking lot near her residence and gave her a cake as "compensation."
Police said Onotani used the same trick to defraud a bakery in Kobe City of 1,085 yen in June.
After her arrest, police said a check of Onotani's phone records showed that she made 7,000 calls to 1,200 cake shops in 30 prefectures. She also made about 4,650 phone calls to 104 (a phone number for directory assistance in Japan).© Japan Today