Alleged Japanese crime group in Cambodia to be sent home

Sources say 25 Japanese men accused of running a fraud scheme from Cambodia could be back on home soil this Wednesday.

They're expected to be arrested as part of the handover.

Authorities in Phnom Penh raided an apartment and detained the group in September.

The men, aged in their 20s to 40s, are suspected of running a phone scam targeting people across Japan.

The victims are believed to include an elderly woman in Hokkaido who was conned out of more than 3,000 dollars this summer.

In total, the group is estimated to have swindled millions of dollars.

Southeast Asia has become a hotspot for Japanese criminals.

Police say eight groups have been uncovered in the region since 2019, with about 120 people taken into custody.