Thai immigration police have arrested a man believed to be a key member of one of the largest mafia networks in Japan who is accused of swindling $1.6 million out of a company there. Police Col. Chartchai Ieamsaeng says police found Japan's Ushio Sugawara on Thursday in a Bangkok guesthouse after receiving a tip-off from the Japanese Embassy. Japanese police issued arrest warrants for Sugawara and three other gang members in 2010 for allegedly swindling money from a Japanese company through a proxy. The estimated damage from the fraud was 130 million yen ($1.6 million). Chartchai said Friday that Sugawara is a member of the Sixth Yamaguchi-gumi, one of the largest Japanese mafia organizations. He says Sugawara fled to Thailand eight months ago and will be deported to Japan.
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