Japanese Online Gaming Bust
By staff
Police in Japan have arrested an employee of an Internet casino group and charged him with taking a cut from profits earned by his employer from customers who gambled on a casino site from the cafe.

According to a report from the country’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, Yoshiaki Takahashi, a resident of Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba, is accused of accepting money gained from crimes. Takahashi denied the allegations and stated that he didn't know the money was part of proceeds from illegal gambling.

It is claimed that Takahashi received a total of around $141,000 from the 42-year-old former operator of an Internet cafe in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, on five occasions in January of last year. Kyoto Prefectural Police investigators said that the money was part of proceeds that the Internet cafe operator gained from customers who gambled on the casino site at his cafe.

The leader of the group operating the online casino site is a US national and has been placed on a wanted list.

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