A Japanese man has reportedly been arrested and charged with computer fraud after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a local woman and using the funds to buy bitcoin.
The suspect is said to have claimed that he stole the funds in order to settle outstanding debts against him.
“I had debts to pay back,” Fujii reportedly said.
Fujii allegedly pretended to be a money lender, setting up a fictitious account through which to funnel the funds. He then used that money to purchase bitcoin, according to local sources. The incident allegedly took place in January, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police told reporters.
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This piece has been updated for clarity.
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