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Man Mistakenly Handed $362,000 in Covid Aid Blows It at Casinos

Roulette in Tokyo.

Roulette in Tokyo.

Photographer: YoshikazuTsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese authorities seeking to recover 46.3 million yen ($362,000) of pandemic aid that was mistakenly sent to one person are facing a major problem. He apparently gambled it all away.

The 24-year-old unemployed man, from Abu, a town in Japan’s western Yamaguchi prefecture, allegedly spent all the cash at overseas casino sites, according to an NHK report. He was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of computer fraud, the broadcaster said.