Cambodian authorities deported 19 Japanese suspects back to their home country over their alleged involvement in phone scams, as Japanese police continue cracking down on crime groups based in Southeast Asian countries.
The men, who had been using a resort hotel in southern Cambodia as their base, were arrested aboard a chartered flight to Japan, according to Tokyo police. The plane arrived at Haneda airport in the capital later in the day.
The men are suspected of defrauding a woman in her 60s, living in Tokyo, of 250,000 yen (US$1,870) worth of BitCash electronic money in January. They are aged between 25 and 55, with one of the suspects thought to be a member of an organised crime group, investigative sources said.