Japanese wanted for insurance fraud nabbed in Cebu

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

MANILA -- A Japanese national wanted in his country for insurance fraud was arrested in Cebu, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday.

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said Koichi Sato, 47, was arrested last December 7 at his rented house in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City, Cebu.

Elements of the BI fugitive search unit arrested Sato on the strength of a mission order that David issued at the request of the Interpol and the Japanese embassy in Manila.

David said the fugitive will be deported as soon as the BI board of commissioners issues the order for his summary deportation.

Lawyer Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, said Sato is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Atsugi summary court in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan.

Mangrobang said Sato conspired with two other suspects in faking a vehicular accident so they can defraud and claim money from the insurance company where the car was insured.

She added that the car accident was staged on January 28, 2005 along Minamikaname Street, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Mangrobang, however, said the suspect's plot was uncovered before the suspects could collect money from the Fuji Fire and marine Insurance Company based in Osaka City.

"The insurance company conducted its own investigation and refused to pay the claim after it turned out that the accident was stage-managed," said immigration agent Armelo de Castro, BI fugitive search unit head.

De Castro said the insurance company later reported the crime to the police but Sato fled to the Philippines before he could be arrested. (SDR/Sunnex)

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