Juna Yamada, formerly of the J-pop band SKE48, was arrested yesterday for allegedly defrauding a man.
According to police, Yamada pretended to be someone else on a dating app, where she met this man. She claimed that she could help him with investment advice and got him to give over about $4,580. Needless to say, the accusations allege that this was all a scheme and not really about giving advice.
However, police think that Yamada cheated more than this one man. They are investigating the possibility that Yamada and a few other others cheated around 100 people out of more than half a million dollars. Three other people were also arrested in conjunction to this.
Yamada and the others who have been arrested have denied some or all of the accusations.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.