A deputy head of a local bank in Niigata was arrested last week on suspicion of stealing a cool 58 million yen (290,000 pounds) from his workplace.
It is alleged that 41-year-old Norio Maruyama stole 5,826 notes from the middle of a (presumably substantial) wad of cash kept at his branch. And so as not to draw attention to the missing money, Maruyama-san ingeniously replaced the missing notes with plain pieces of paper cut to the same size.
The scam worked perfectly until 100 million yen worth of cash that had been stored at the bank was transferred to another facility to be replaced with new currency. And whilst it was there an eagle eyed employee spotted the plain paper masquerading as money.
The inventive Maruyama has since been referred to prosecutors on suspicion of theft, although he is said to have categorically denied the allegations.
Rumours that he made the comment from his Condo in Hawaii whilst sipping champagne and entertaining a bevy of beauties have yet to be confirmed.