Japanese COVID subsidy fraud suspect to be arrested after extradition

Japanese police plan to arrest a COVID-19 subsidy fraud suspect after he is transferred from Indonesia.

Taniguchi Mitsuhiro will arrive at Narita Airport, near Tokyo, sometime after 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Taniguchi has been wanted in Japan on suspicion of telling family members to swindle money from a government subsidy program for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese investigators suspect the family and accomplices fraudulently claimed at least 960 million yen, or about 7 million dollars.

He left Japan in 2020 and his whereabouts had been unknown.

Indonesian police arrested Taniguchi earlier this month on suspicion of violating Indonesia's immigration laws. He has been detained at an immigration facility in Jakarta.