by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A Japanese woman who was sent to Guam by her boss to purchase an $86,000 Hermes crocodile skin shirt is behind bars. Noriko Okuno is charged with bulk cash smuggling and a forfeiture allegation. Information from the Secret Service tipped-off authorities to Okuno, who arrived on Guam last week from Japan.
She was found in possession of more than $80,000 in U.S. currency and another 150,000 Yen. Okuno told authorities her boss, Kaku Masakazu, sent her to Guam to purchase the shirt. She was a VIP Duty Free shopper and was scheduled to return back to Japan the same day and be paid 100,000 Yen for delivering the shirt. She also told the feds she was paid 100,000 Yen back in May for delivering a suitcase to a man named John in Hawaii and got back on a plane to Japan an hour after landing. Okuno claims she cleans Masakazu's office and doesn't know if he has ties to organized crime.
Okuno remains behind bars and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination on October 12.