Former representative of mail-order sales `` Kefir Business Promotion Association '' arrested, etc.
The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested nine former representatives on the alleged violation of the Investment Law about a mail-order company `` Kefir Business Promotion Association '' that failed to operate because it raised a large amount of money by claiming to pay high interest if it became an owner of processed food . It means that 100 billion yen collected from about 30,000 elderly people nationwide has not been repaid.
Nine were arrested, including Hideya Kaburagi (84), a former representative of the Kefir Business Promotion Association in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the Funding Law illegally raised illegal funds. Is suspected of.
The "Kefir Business Promotion Association" raised funds by saying that if you become an owner of processed food produced by an affiliated company, you should pay about 10% interest in half a year and so on, but the business went bankrupt and a search for the Metropolitan Police last year. I was receiving it.
According to the people involved, 100 billion yen collected from about 30,000 people nationwide, mainly for the elderly, including affiliates, has not been repaid.
The Metropolitan Police Department plans to investigate the flow of funds, etc. and to clarify the actual situation.
"About 10% interest in half a year" also failed to pay and failed
The Kefir Business Promotion Association has been raising funds for about 10 years, saying that if you become a processed food owner, you will pay interest.
He called on owners of processed foods, such as dried persimmons and yogurt, produced by affiliates to guarantee the principal and pay them back six months later at an interest rate of around 10%.
The company said that the processed food was mail-ordered and that the sales would be refunded to the owner.
However, payment started to be delayed from 2017 three years ago, and the company went bankrupt in 2018 with an affiliated company.
Many elderly people have signed a contract for "fund for retirement," and according to officials, 100 billion yen collected from about 30,000 people nationwide, including elderly people, including affiliates, has not been repaid. That is.
Of these, a woman in her 70s living in Tokyo signed a contract with Kefir and paid over 11 million yen to date.
The woman said, "I'm sorry. It was my fault that I paid, but I can't forgive the attitude of running away without paying."
Former employee "There were many gray jobs"
A former employee of the Kefir Business Promotion Association spoke on the actual situation of the company in response to an interview with NHK.
Mr. Takahashi Hashimoto, 41, who worked for the Legal Department of the Kefir Business Promotion Association, claimed that he had been fired for trying to accuse the company of wrongdoing, and responded to the interview with his real name.
Mr. Hashimoto said about the company's management policy, "It was a typical owner company whose top-down management was decided by Moto Kaburagi and the eldest son who committed suicide last year."
He added, "Many affiliates were set up on behalf of former delegates, but the reality is that there were few, and I think it was a scheme for raising funds. There are many gray jobs, and it is rumored that employees will be involved in police investigations. Was doing it. "