Indonesia deports Japanese man wanted for COVID-19 subsidy fraud

Officers escorting MT to the airport. Photo: Handout
Officers escorting MT to the airport. Photo: Handout

A Japanese national who had found safe haven in Indonesia after he fled from his country over fraud charges has been deported, immigration confirmed today.

MT, 47, left Japan for Indonesia in October 2020. Back home, he, along with his ex-wife and children, are suspected of swindling the government by submitting thousands of fake applications to receive financial aid from a state COVID-19 subsidy program for small businesses – pocketing more than 960 million yen (US$7.22 million) from the scheme.

The fugitive remained under the radar throughout his time in Indonesia until Japan revoked his passport, after which he was subsequently placed under the Indonesian Immigration Directorate General’s list of foreigners with an invalid stay permit.

MT was arrested in Lampung on June 7, 2022, where he had invested in a villager’s catfish farm.

In a press release issued today, the Immigration Directorate General said MT was deported from Indonesia and had flown out of Jakarta to Tokyo on Wednesday morning.

“He has been placed into [Indonesian immigration’s] no-entry list,” immigration official Douglas Simamora said.

Police in Japan have arrested MT’s ex-wife, 45, and two children, aged 22 and 21, on fraud charges.

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