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2 Chinese students in Tokyo served fresh arrest warrants over alleged credit card fraud

Metropolitan Police Department headquarters (Mainichi/Kenji Yoneda)

TOKYO -- Two students from China under arrest on suspicion of fraud here have been served fresh arrest warrants for allegedly using a credit card with a fake name at a convenience store, police said on Aug. 20.

    Suspects Min Rui, 26, and Han Pengrui, 24, both residents of Tokyo's Toshima Ward, are also accused of fraud and other offenses.

    A Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) special organized crime investigation unit believes that the pair purchased 12 boxed packages of e-cigarettes worth a total of 61,152 yen (about $576), on May 12, using the illicitly obtained credit card with a fake name. Min and Han have reportedly admitted to the allegations, telling investigators that they had time on their hands after their graduate school began holding classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that they tried to make pocket money and help cover school fees.

    According to the unit, a Chinese national suspected of being the ringleader used illegally obtained credit card information to access the card owner's account online and change the name and address. A new card with the false name was then mailed to the two suspects. They are believed to have purchased some 4.7 million yen ($44,326) in goods, including a laptop, from May to July this year.

    The names and other account information of some 80 of the credit card company's customers were changed, resulting in damages of about 20 million yen ($188,713). The company has consulted with the MPD.

    (Japanese original by Kunihiro Iwasaki, City News Department)

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