It was intended that low-income households in Abu would all receive more than 730 euros last month. But a mistake by an official caused one resident, 24-year-old Sho Taguchi, to get all the money.
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Taguchi topped a list of people who deserved corona support. The official in charge of the money accidentally ordered a banker on April 8 to send the complete sum of 340,000 euros to him alone.
When the error was discovered later, Taguchi immediately knocked on the door. The mayor of the village tells this in a video on YouTube, reports The New York Times† Taguchi was taken to the bank to return the money, but at the last minute he wouldn’t go in. He wanted a lawyer instead, reports the Japanese news channel NHK.
On April 14, Taguchi met with the deputy mayor of Abu. His lawyer then assured the local administrators that his client would return the amount in full. A little later that turned out to be impossible, because the man had spent all the money with online gambling.
The mayor of Abu has apologized to the residents of his village. They have now received corona support from another municipality, but details are not known about this. Taguchi stated that he wanted to ‘pay for his sin’. He has been charged and if guilty must pay 376,584 euros, including the costs of the lawsuit.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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