Famitsu editor Eiichi Sato was arrested for alleged fraud. According to Asahi News, Sato is accused of having carried out an imitation table to collect freelance fees for articles.
Sato was previously employed as an editor in Famitsu, a subsidiary of Kadokawa, and he was responsible for editing freelance articles. Famitsu, of course, is Japan’s most dominant legacy video game publication.
Asahi news and Tokai TV report that between March and June last year, Sato should have filed three false charges for articles he wrote that he was trying to go out as a freelancer. As part of his scheme, Tokai had bought an ATM from a man he met online. In total, he received around 400,000 yen ($ 3,650).
Sato has confessed to the charge. “I had no savings,” the 43-year-old was quoted as saying, “and I was worried about the future.” He added that he thought he would be caught, but the desire for a lot of money was stronger than the worries.
Kadokawa added that it would “cooperate fully with the investigation.”
Police showed the suspect the computer and mobile phones as well as bank booklets and bank cards to the Japanese media.