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Embezzler draws 2 ½ year prison sentence

Date Posted: 2007-10-09

Higashi Village’s former deputy mayor avoided heading for prison after being convicted and sentenced for his embezzling ¥35 million in Village funds.
Katsumasa Higa was sentenced by the court to 2 ½ years in prison, but remains free with three years probation for his April 2001 activities while serving as deputy mayor of Higashi Village. The court noted a series of illicit actions on Higa’s part, including cheating residents and using money for his own purposes, for making a loan without authority, and for juggling accounting books.
Higa reportedly used the ill gotten funds from village office bank accounts, and from transferring funds from village accounts to his own, to finance his son’s new home. Authorities say Higa misused ¥35 million in Village funds, but say the funds have been repaid.

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