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Fraud equals prison time for village deputy mayor

Date Posted: 2006-09-29

The former deputy mayor of Iheya Village is on his way to jail after being convicted of ripping off public funds, fraud and malpractice.

Kunio Miyagi was convicted Monday of defrauding his community, and sentenced to two years in prison followed by six months probation. As deputy mayor, Miyagi purchased a garbage truck for the village at a cost of ¥6,000,000. As he filed the claim, though, he billed the village for ¥7,100,000.

“What he did was betray the village peoples’ trust,” the judge said at sentencing. “Then he used the public money as his own, and that is a heavy sin.”

In all, the 59-year-old Miyagi defrauded Iheya Village of ¥5,350,000. He used the money to buy himself a car, which he used on the Okinawa mainland instead of the village.

Miyagi refused to talk to media as he exited the court after his conviction and sentencing. Authorities say he has made restitution to the village for the misappropriated funds.

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