SHIZUOKA, Japan -- A 16-year-old boy from Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, in Japan who pretended to be an official of an organization supporting victims of the March 11 earthquake disaster, was arrested on suspicion of defrauding a communications equipment company out of walkie-talkies and other items.
Police arrested the boy Tuesday for presenting what is believed to be a forged government subsidy application to the company's president, in a bid to gain his trust.
According to the president of the company in Fuji of the prefecture, the company received a fax from the boy in mid-March that read: "We'd like to purchase walkie-talkies to use for rescue operations. We'll pay for them later, after receiving subsidies from the central and prefectural governments."
When the president went to the boy's house, he saw several radio antennas on the roof, which made him believe the house was a base for the aid organization, he said.
The boy, dressed in orange clothes that made him look like a member of a rescue team, showed the president the application form and documents of the phony organization, the president said.
The boy is suspected of defrauding the company out of about 28 items, including walkie-talkies, worth 1.42 million yen ($18,448), the police said. The president said the company had delivered more than 100 walkie-talkies and other items worth about 8 million yen ($103,936) by May, but had received no payments, even by June, so he filed a complaint with the police.
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