Ex-Buddhist priest stole 150 million

The Japan Times, Nov 30, 2007

KYOTO, Japan -- Police arrested an unfrocked Buddhist priest Thursday on suspicion of embezzling about ¥150 million from the Kyoto headquarters of the Jodo Shu sect.

Yoshifumi Kuwao, 52, is suspected of withdrawing the money from the Buddhist faction's bank account on about 30 occasions from January 2003 to September 2004 and pocketing it while he was in charge of treasury affairs at the headquarters, police said.

Kuwao has owned up to the allegations, they said.

Police sources said Kuwao is believed to have used most of the funds to invest in futures trading.