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Ex-Fujitsu affiliate worker nabbed over fake ATM card scheme

February 4, 2014

YOKOHAMA , Feb. 5 -- ( Kyodo ) _ A former employee of a Fujitsu Ltd. affiliate who was maintaining the ATM network of the Bank of Yokohama was arrested last fall on suspicion of stealing bank savings of a customer with an account at a different financial institution who used the bank's ATM, police said Wednesday. Toshikazu Akahoshi , 46, a former employee of Fujitsu Frontech Ltd. , allegedly made fake ATM cards by acquiring account data of users of the bank's ATMs. He is now suspected of having withdrawn about 24 million yen from about 50 accounts at banks other than the Bank of Yokohama between 2012 and 2013, according to the investigation. The police served a fresh arrest warrant on him on Wednesday on suspicion of making fake cards, they said. At Fujitsu Frontech , Akahoshi was in a department head-level position that allowed him to access the account data of customers who used the Bank of Yokohama's ATMs, according to police sources. The former employee was initially arrested last November on suspicion of withdrawing 500,000 yen from one of the roughly 50 bank accounts allegedly tapped by him.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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