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Former Fighter arrested for flashing; Former Giant arrested for welfare fraud

by on May.23, 2013 @ 1:37 am, under NPB

Former Nippon Ham Fighter Koji Namba (43) was arrested by Kobe Nishi police on the 21st for allegedly exposing himself at a bus stop in 2010.

According to the arrest report, Namba allegedly exposed himself (lower body) to a thirty-six-year-old woman at a Kobe Nishi bus stop at around 7:00am on August 16, 2010.  Namba is quoted as saying, "I have no recollection since it was over two years ago."

Namba was originally on trial for a trespassing case that took place in Hyogo Prefecture in October 2012.  The connection was made when DNA tests that were conducted as part of the investigation were matched against a sample that was left at the bus stop in 2010.

Namba was selected in the 5th round of the 1989 draft.  He spent four years in the Nippon Ham organization but never made the Ichi-gun roster.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2013, Sponichi 5/22/2013

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Authorities involved in an ongoing investigation of welfare fraud in Nakama, Fukuoka arrested former Yomiuri Giant Yasuhiko Fujisaki (44) on the 19th on suspicions of fraud.  Fujisaki was a welfare caseworker.  He was the third Nakama employee, seventh including welfare recipients, to be arrested.

According to the reports, between 2010 and 2011, three Nakama welfare caseworkers allegedly paid out a total 560,000 yen in benefits to at least two people that were not eligible for the support.  Fujisaki admitted to the charges and was quoted as saying, "I did not conduct the necessary checks and a false report was made."

Fujisaki was drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round in 1990 and  spent two years in the organization before retiring.  He never played in any Ichi-gun games.  He got a job with the Nakama government offices in 1994.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2013Daily Sports 5/22/2013

UPDATE 5/25 @ 3:31am - Fujisaki admitted that he was involved in welfare fraud but was not aware how the money was used.  He also said that he was asked to "take care" of the recipients currently under investigation.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2013

UPDATE 7/1 @ 10:37pm - Fujisaki accepted the charges during his first public hearing today.  The prosecution recommended a two-year prison term.  The final sentence will be decided on the 12th.

Source: Sponichi 7/1/2013

UPDATE 7/13 @ 1:26am - Fujisaki was sentenced to two years in prison with a suspended sentence of four years.

Source: Sponichi 7/12/2013