Suspect of coronavirus subsidy fraud is arrested upon extradition to Japan

Japanese police have arrested a suspect in a fraud case involving coronavirus subsidies, while being extradited to Japan from Indonesia.

Taniguchi Mitsuhiro had been wanted in Japan on suspicion of swindling money in 2020 through a government subsidy program for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Taniguchi was arrested in Indonesia earlier this month on suspicion of violating the country's immigration laws.
He had been held at an immigration facility in Jakarta.

On Wednesday, he was extradited to Japan. Police arrested him during his return flight.

Taniguchi and his family are believed to have asked a number of people across Japan to lend their names for fraudulent applications for the business subsidies.

Police believe the group collected about one billion yen, or about 7.3 million dollars.