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COURT: Bulgarians Admit To ATM Scam Connection

Three Bulgarians yesterday pleaded guilty at the Lautoka Magistrate’s Court for their involvement in an Automated Teller Machine scam. Simeon Stefanov Minchev, Veliko Zhelev Velikov and Plamen Dimitrov Petrov appeared
28 Nov 2017 17:21
COURT: Bulgarians Admit To ATM Scam Connection
Accused Plamen Dimitrov Petrov (middle) with Simeon Stefanov Minchev (right) accompanied by a Police Officer at Lautoka Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna Kumar

Three Bulgarians yesterday pleaded guilty at the Lautoka Magistrate’s Court for their involvement in an Automated Teller Machine scam.

Simeon Stefanov Minchev, Veliko Zhelev Velikov and Plamen Dimitrov Petrov appeared before magistrate Mosese Naivalu. The alleged incidents occurred between Lautoka to Nadi between the November 9 to 12, 2017.

The three suspects have been jointly charged for the offence of being in possession of a skimming device with the intention to dishonestly obtain personal financial information.

The first accused Simeon Stefanov Minchev has been further charged with a separate count for the offence of unauthorised access to restricted data for using the skimming device at Bred Bank, Lautoka.

The second and third accused Veliko Zhelev Velikov and Plamen Dimitrov Petrov have been charged with an extra count for the offence of attempt to access unauthorised restricted data (PIN Number) at Bred Bank Namaka and installing a camera at the Westpac Namaka Branch.

Police Prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Anil Prasad told the court that the three accused people used a skimming device which was confiscated from them.

Defence lawyer Mark Anthony requested the court if he could submit the mitigating factors on Thursday, November 30.

ASP Prasad said that a Russian interpreter, who helped the Police interview the accused persons would be present on November 30 as the accused people understood very little English.

Magistrate Naivalu said it would be helpful.

The prosecution objected to bail and the three have been further remanded for mitigation submission on Thursday.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: kathrin.krishna@fijisun.com.fj



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