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Couple held for milking lovesick men out of millions

Date Posted: 2003-06-14

Urasoe Police arrested a couple on suspicion of defrauding several men out of millions of yen, the third time the pair has been arrested on similar charges.

According to investigators, the wife contacted men through a telephone-dating club. She then professed to fall in love with the men, but explained that in order to marry them she needed money to divorce her estranged husband and pay legal bills.

Police say that the couple got money from at least 20 men in the same way within a month. Hardest hit was a civil servant who reportedly was so much in love with the woman that he shelled out 13 million.

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