Authorities have revealed that the Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a father and mother for fraud after it was discovered that they continued to collect a childcare allowance for six years after the death of their daughter. While the man, 53, and the woman, 35, had claimed they had a 6 year old daughter, they admitted to police after their February 9th arrest that she had died shortly after birth.
Police say there are records that show the baby was born at an Osaka hospital on May 11th, 2006, and she left the hospital in healthy condition with her mother about a week later. The birth record, and an application for a child welfare allowance, were submitted shortly afterwards to their local ward office. The couple told police that the baby girl died soon after she was brought home, and they discarded the body into the sea in Aichi Prefecture. But police suspect the baby was already dead when the welfare documents were submitted. In addition, they note that the parent’s explanation of the death is suspicious, and plan to investigate how the girl went missing.
The man and woman are accused of deceiving the local government out of the welfare for only the first year, until June 2007, for a total of 120,000 yen (approx. $1,300), however they have received 934,000 yen ($10,000) since the baby’s death through January of this year. Admitting to all the accusations, the parents stated that the child welfare was needed in order to get by. The crime was discovered when the mother and daughter failed to show up for an orientation meeting the for the local elementary school the girl was to start attending this year. When the school and city government brought up the issue, the mother said her daughter had died, a private funeral had been held with family only, and that a death notice had been submitted to the authorities. The Osaka government contacted the prefectural police about the incident, and the fraud was quickly uncovered.