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Famitsu: editor of the famous magazine arrested for a 400,000 yen fraud



Famitsu: editor of the famous magazine arrested for a 400,000 yen fraud


Eiichi Sato, editor of Famitsu, was arrested for a 400,000 yen fraud. The writer confessed to the allegations and explained the reason.

Through Asashi News and a Japanese to English translation of Kotaku, we learn that Eiichi Sato – editor of the famous Japanese magazine Famitsu – was arrested for fraud. Sato was a Famitsu employee and was in charge of editing the content produced by the magazine’s freelancers.

Sato has in practice pretending to be other people to send Famitsu a series of articles made by him and then get paid the commission for writing the content. As reported by Tokai TV, it all happened between March and June last year. In total, Sato managed to send three requests for payment for an unknown number of items that earned him 400,000 yen (or approximately 3,100 euros).

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Sato allegedly purchased an ATM card through a person known online to be paid into the name of the bogus freelancers. Sato, once arrested, confessed to all charges and explained the reasons behind what he did: “I had no savings and I was worried about my future”. He also apparently added that he was worried about getting caught, but that the desire for money was greater.

Kadokawa, Famitsu’s parent company, said it “will fully cooperate with the investigation.” Below you can see an image showing the evidence cataloged by the police against the editor of Famitsu.

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