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Vietnamese man arrested over alleged student commuter pass scams in Japan

Vietnamese man arrested over alleged student commuter pass scams in Japan

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 15:45 GMT+7
Vietnamese man arrested over alleged student commuter pass scams in Japan
Kanagawa Prefectural Police headquarters in Japan. Photo: Mainichi

Police in Japan arrested a 25-year-old Vietnamese national for allegedly fraudulently trading student commuter passes in Kanagawa Prefectural, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Friday.

The prefectural police’s international investigation division arrested unemployed Tran Quoc Tuan, residing in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, on suspicion of theft. 

Tuan is accused of fraudulently purchasing three student commuter passes for 30,740 Japanese yen (about US$230) at around 4:30 pm on April 8 at a ticket vending machine at JR Higashi-Kanagawa Station in Yokohama by entering the code required to buy a student pass.

It is believed that Tran resold the student commuter passes, which were less expensive than normal commuter passes, to a Vietnamese woman in her 20s living in Japan.

The suspect has reportedly admitted the allegations and told investigators that he knew it was wrong and had done the same act at least 100 times, according to Mainichi

The prefectural police are looking into the case, believing that a Vietnamese group is systematically involved.

Previously, Tran Quoc Tuan was arrested on April 14 on suspicion of violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, and was also arrested on May 10 on suspicion of theft for fraudulently purchasing a student commuter pass at JR Shin-Koyasu Station in Yokohama.

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