Police officers who arrested an ATM skimming gang in San Fernando have been lauded for refusing a bribe of two.6 million pesos to set them free.
Last month, we reported how a Nicaraguan, Italian and Romanian had been arrested within the metropolis as they stole from money machines.
We additionally revealed how the Romanian, Petro Ioan Uveges, had beforehand been arrested in November 2015 for the identical rip-off in Mandaue City. It isn’t recognized how he escaped deportation or arrest.
However, following the arrest on July 24, the gang reportedly provided $50,000 for their freedom — which was refused by the 30 officers concerned within the arrest.
Mayor Edwin Santiago praised their honesty, saying: “I salute you for choosing to be faithful to your duties and responsibilities as peacekeepers in the city”
The officers concerned acquired certificates of commendation.
Last Saturday, August 5, we reported on one other Eastern European card skimmer who had beforehand escaped detention within the Philippines.
Bulgarian Konstantin Simeonov Kavrakov, who was arrested in Zamboanga, had beforehand been arrested in April 2015 in Quezon City. Again, it isn’t recognized how he escaped imprisonment or deportation.
Kavrakov — who as soon as stole 1000’s of from a checking account belonging to Microsoft founder Bill Gates — has an extended historical past of escaping the regulation.
In 2011, after the digital financial institution heist that earned him the moniker “king of the hackers”, he was imprisoned in Paraguay.
Somehow, he managed to flee earlier than making his solution to the Philippines.
It is believed he has been focusing on ATMs within the nation ever since and is a part of a syndicate that calls itself the “Super Hacker Bulgarian Group”.
It is believed the gang targets the Philippines as a consequence of its lax safety. It is claimed they significantly favour areas standard with foreigners because it’s simpler to mix in.
Bank prospects are suggested to keep away from exterior unguarded ATMs wherever doable.