Person who received bogus $360,000 grant promised to “pay in installments”

JapanThe man who was mistakenly given $360,000 agreed to “return it little by little” after spending it all on online casinos.

“I am very sorry that I spent all that money,” said the 24-year-old, who was wrongly awarded a $360,000 scholarship in Abu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, on May 18 his attorney, adding that he would refund any money received by mistake “bit by bit.”

Japanese people walk the streets of Tokyo in May 2021.  Photo: Reuters.

Japanese people walk the streets of Tokyo in May 2021. Picture: Reuters.

The Abu government earlier said it mistakenly transferred 46.3 million yen ($360,000) in Covid-19 benefits, 463 times the normal level. The Mayor of Hanada said on April 22 that the account holder refused to refund the money because it had been used up. The authorities even urged the young man’s mother to advise him to return the money, but to no avail. The Abu government filed a lawsuit against the young man to get the money back.

Faced with the youth’s renewed involvement, Mayor Abu Norihiko Hanada told reporters today that he was pleased with the news but that the local authorities had no intention of dropping the lawsuit against him.

‚ÄúThat is one thing and our case against him is another. So I hope that he will tell the truth in court,” stressed Mayor Hanada.

The Japanese government has rolled out many support packages for people and businesses struggling due to Covid-19 since last year, including a policy of giving each household 100,000 yen tax-free. These subsidies are part of a plan to ensure Japan’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic amid rising prices.

Ngoc app (Corresponding AFP)