Japanese fugitive charged with fraud expelled from Indonesia | world news

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A Japanese fugitive accused of defrauding about $7 million from a pandemic grant program was deported from Indonesia on Wednesday, an immigration official said.

Mitsuhiro Taniguchi, who was arrested by Indonesian police on the island of Sumatra earlier this month, boarded a flight to Narita from Jakarta, Indonesian immigration official Douglas Simamore said in a statement. communicated.

“This man is being deported because the Japanese government revoked his passport and he does not have a residence permit. From now on, he will be on our deterrent list,” he said.

Taniguchi is accused by Japanese authorities of helping to steal 960 million yen ($7 million) earmarked for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kyodo news.

The Japanese national allegedly submitted thousands of bogus applications for the grant scheme and fled to Indonesia in October 2020 after being placed on a police wanted list. Taniguchi’s ex-wife and two sons have been arrested in connection with the allegations, Japanese media reported.

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Indonesian authorities said he told Sumatran residents he wanted to invest in fishing in the area.

(Reporting by Yuddy Cahya Budiman; Writing by Kate Lamb; Editing by Neil Fullick)

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