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Ex-bank employee arrested for stealing ¥52 mil; blames it on stress

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a former Mizuho Bank employee on suspicion of stealing 52 million yen.

Police said Haruyo Ichinoseki, 40, who was previously employed at the bank’s Hiroo branch in Minato Ward, illegally withdrew 52 million yen on more than a dozen occasions from 2017 to 2019, Fuji TV reported.

During this time, Ichinoseki falsified loan documents and withdrew cash in the customers' names.

Ichinoseki was fired in October 2019 after an internal audit. The bank filled a criminal complaint against her last year and she was arrested on Feb 8.

Police said Ichinoseki has admitted to the charge and quoted her as saying she stole the money to spend on clothes and overseas trips because of pent-up stress.

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Funny excuse. But in the era of backtracking everything, did she really thought she wouldn't be caught eventually stealing??

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Hopefully prison life will be less stressful for her.

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Well, clothes shopping will do it every time.

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There’s gonna be a lot more stress for her now isn’t there!

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That excuse was pathetic. She should have said she was drunk.

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She will only need a prison uniform for some time.

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just the tip of the iceberg! I believe there is a thousand bankers like that. watch OUT

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Just say the computer was broken,

the mouse and keyboard where moving by themselves.

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...and winner of Darwin prize of 2021 is...Haruyo Ichinoseki

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Did she keep the financial records in myembezzle.xlsx?

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BungleToday 05:06 pm JST

Did she keep the financial records in myembezzle.xlsx?

Yup and she kept it printed inside her passbook along with her cash card.

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Hello..... we all have stressful jobs too. but we don't steal ! Stupid woman.

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..and winner of Darwin prize of 2021 is...Haruyo Ichinoseki

That prize can be awarded only to people that died because of own stupidity before being able to procreate. I'm afraid petty criminals do not qualify. She'll spend sometime making cheap household items in a prison, that's all.

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I think he mistaken greed for stress.

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Police said Ichinoseki has admitted to the charge and quoted her as saying she stole the money to spend on clothes and overseas trips because of pent-up stress.

She forgot Rule Number One: The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One

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Some quality time in the pen won't help alleviate her pent up feeling but who cares? The rest of us will feel relieved with this thief locked up.

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The only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the fact you'll be caught eventually if you steal money from a bank!

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Well that was my laugh out loud for the day!

One of the best and daftest excuses I have heard for a long time :)

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Fun while it lasted I hope!

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I hope the clothes she bought are fabulous for prison.

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She bought herself a fancy prison wardrobe, and the stress she bought will give her a nice long vacation trip to the pen.

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Wow.

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Hilarious, Funny, Smart, and Stupid. must have watched wall street movie.

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The problem is not that she stole it.

THE REAL PROBLEM IS THE PUNISHMENT.

Is it going to be BOW or 1-3 year in prison?

Both are ridiculous.

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Just when you thought that you have heard every excuse under the sun, a new / creative one pops up. Greed got the better of her for sure.

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Stress????!!!! Well do what I do. Yoga!

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a prison uniform rest of life

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she stole the money to spend on clothes and overseas trips because of pent-up stress.

PS4 has some games to help relieve stress! And it won't cost 52mil yen.

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¥52 picked up randomly when leaving a bar, stress. 52 million over some years? :-)

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There are much better ways to relieve stress than stealing 52 mill...

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bokudaFeb. 9  04:26 pm JST

Just say the computer was broken,

the mouse and keyboard where moving by themselves

hm.. almost.. close.. however:

Ichinoseki falsified loan documents and withdrew cash in the customers' names.

The Japanese banking system is still very much paper based, though some do it online. It's the later verb which would make it hard to pin it on fat fingering it and a mouse that has gone crazy. :-)

I sort of have to give her some credit. Straight withdrawal or transfer of funds would be noticed by the customer immediately. A loan wouldn't be noticed for some time. It could have a deferred payment as stated in the loan documents that she authored and faked. Even if she did that, she would have to know that doing it as a loan is just delaying the inevitable.

But... as everyone has already said. Her reason was a very lame. Just blame it on pandemic. At least that would give you some cred.

Or not...

(( sigh ))

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Why he didn't say I don't remember it?

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