- 14 Mar 2002
This case has been in the national news for weeks: the town of Abu in Yamaguchi Prefecture erroneously deposited 46.3 million JPY (USD 356,656) in COVID-19 financial aid into the account of one household instead of distributing JPY 100,000 to 463 households. The account holder started withdrawing the funds on the day of the remittance and kept transferring them to other bank accounts for electronic card payments and other purposes. Almost all the money disappeared from his account within about two weeks. He refused to return the funds but stated he would "atone for his mistakes". Yesterday, the town filed a lawsuit against the 24-year old man. What a comedy.
Officials filed the lawsuit for restitution later that same day with the Hagi Branch of the Yamaguchi District Court, demanding payment of about 51.16 million yen, including legal fees. Town officials said the man had moved there from another part of the prefecture in October 2020. He lived alone in Abu while working at a store in the prefecture, although the man recently resigned from his job. Officials said his whereabouts are currently unknown and they have been unable to contact him. The central government has provided the temporary special cash benefit to households exempt from resident tax to help those struggling due to the economic hardships brought about by the pandemic. The payment itself, though, is made from municipalities. The financial foul-up occurred on April 8, when the town sent subsidy payments of 100,000 yen to 463 households. But it separately transferred 46.3 million yen to just one of those households accidentally.
Town sues man refusing to repay 46 million yen he got by mistake | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis
A town that accidentally sent a resident 46.3 million yen in financial aid said on Wednesday it has been forced to file a lawsuit after the recipient refused to return the funds. "We're sorry to cause trouble to residents... We're now suing this household," an official from Abu told AFP,…