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Man Accidentally Given $355K by Government, Gambles It All Away

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The 24-year-old man from Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture says he’s unable to return the money.
A man who was accidentally given 46.3 million yen ($355,000) by Japanese government officials is now unable to return it after having spent it all gambling. The 24-year-old man was mistakenly wired the important sum by officials in the town of Abu, in the Yamaguchi prefecture, on April 8. The money was a state allowance which should have alleviated the financial struggles of those hit by COVID restrictions during the pandemic. The town was expected to deliver 100,000 yen ($770) each to 463 low-income households. But it’s unlikely the town will be able to retrieve the money. The lawyer for the 24-year-old who accidentally received the sum said the man spent it all on international online casinos, and he’s unable to pay it back.

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