Sources: 3/4 Of The 46.3 Million Yen Town Mistakenly Sent To Resident Returned

Sources: 3/4 of the 46.3 million yen town mistakenly sent to resident returned

A town in western Japan is believed to have gotten back three-quarters of the 46.3 million yen, or about 360,000 dollars, that it mistakenly deposited into a resident's bank account.

The man, Taguchi Sho, refused to pay back the money that he received from Yamaguchi Prefecture's Abu Town in April. He reportedly said that he spent the money gambling online.

The 24-year-old resident has been arrested on suspicion of computer fraud. He is accused of illegally transferring some of the funds into the account of an online payment service agency, even though he knew that the money had been sent to him by mistake.

Police say he repeatedly transferred money to three online payment service agencies.

Sources close to the investigation have told NHK that one of the agencies deposited more than 35 million yen into the town's account on Friday.

They say Taguchi sent money to that agency 27 times. The sources add that all the funds transferred by Taguchi to that agency have been returned.

Abu Town officials declined to comment on the reported repayment.

The town accidentally deposited the money into Taguchi's account, when it sent state cash allowances to families facing difficulties, due to the coronavirus pandemic.