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Ex-Hokkaido traffic cop handed 2 1/2 yr sentence for forging speed records, tickets

The Sapporo District Court (Mainichi/Hiroaki Kishikawa)

HOKKAIDO -- A former Hokkaido Prefectural Police traffic unit inspector was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for five years, here on Jan. 13 for fabricating speed records during a traffic rules crackdown.

    Jun Yoshimoto, 58, who was disciplinarily dismissed from the force, was charged with destruction of evidence as well as counterfeiting sealed official documents and using them. According to the ruling, he forged the results of vehicle speed measurement a total of 10 times between August 2019 and May 2020. He also counterfeited speeding tickets and submitted them to his superiors.

    In the ruling, Judge Masataka Nakagawa pointed to Yoshimoto's "terribly low awareness of the importance of his duty to properly collect evidence." The judge added, "There were also problems in the working environment including that his superiors and other officers did not take immediate action," though there was internal reporting on Yoshimoto's wrongdoing.

    (Japanese original by Hiroaki Kishikawa, Hokkaido News Department)

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