5 Août 2014
August 3, 2014
A former employee of a nonprofit organization headed by former Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma was arrested Saturday for allegedly swindling about ¥12 million from Tokyo Electric Power Co. by filing a bogus claim for damages from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, police said.
Kazuaki Shindo, 42, is suspected of conspiring with three others including Shigeko Nemoto, 52, to defraud Tepco by submitting a document claiming that Nemoto’s company was forced to cancel a number of events from April to May 2012 due to radiation from the meltdowns, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
The NPO was launched in August 2011 to assist victims of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. The police are considering questioning Kyuma, 73, on a voluntary basis, investigative sources said.
According to the police, the NPO represented companies in disaster-hit areas seeking damages from Tepco. The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has paid more than ¥100 million in compensation to more than 10 companies so far.
Shindo denied the allegation but the other three admitted to the charges, the police said.
Aug. 2, 2014 - Updated 18:38 UTC+2
Tokyo police have arrested 4 people on suspicion of swindling compensation money out of the operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Police say that 3 former members of a Tokyo-based non-profit organization and an executive of a staffing agency in Fukushima Prefecture defrauded Tokyo Electric Power Company of about 117,000 dollars.
The 4 suspects allegedly made a false claim in 2012 that the staffing agency suffered a sales drop because it received fewer job orders from hotels in Fukushima after the nuclear accident in the previous year.
Police say the NPO has been contracted to make applications for compensation for people affected by the accident, including local staffing agencies, since it was established 3 years ago.
More than 1 million dollars have been paid based on claims made by the NPO which is represented by former Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma.
Police say 3 of the 4 suspects have admitted to the allegations.