SAPPORO -- Police on Nov. 13 searched facilities of the cult "Aleph," which branched off from AUM Shinrikyo, suspecting that it didn't provide a woman with the correct paperwork after she paid money to attend a study session under the name of another Buddhist group.
Hokkaido Prefectural Police searched five facilities including one at Sapporo's Shiroishi Ward and another at Fukuoka's Hakata Ward on suspicion of violating the Act on Specified Commercial Transactions.
According to investigators, a male Aleph follower invited a woman in her 20s, a resident of Sapporo, to a study group session and held several meetings with her in February. When she paid tens of thousands yen as an entrance fee and tuition fees, he allegedly didn't exchange correct contract documents with her. She became suspicious that the lectures were aimed to recruit her to Aleph and reported the matter to the police.