Three foreigners had been arrested yesterday (Monday, July 24) for allegedly stealing cash from ATMs in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police director, recognized the suspects as Nicaraguan Radu Minodor Sandor, aged 43, Italian Marcu Bogdan, 26, and Romanian Petro Ioan Uveges, 44.
As we reported in November 2015, Uveges was arrested for the identical scam in Mandaue City. It was stated he was a part of a Romanian-based gang that focused the Philippines because of its weak safety programs.
It is unknown how he escaped from custody and prevented deportation, however when arrested yesterday he was carrying a Hungarian passport within the title of Balazs Varga. Uveges is married to a Filipino lady in Cebu City and has two youngsters.
His earlier arrest adopted a two-month police surveillance operation after one other Romanian was caught utilizing comfort retailer reward playing cards to steal cash from the hacked financial institution accounts of foreigners in Cebu.
Yesterday’s arrests got here after a roving safety workers from the BPI Family Savings Bank first noticed the three males utilizing an ATM alongside MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Agustin at 10.30pm.
His suspicions had been aroused by the size of time the boys had been taking to withdraw money, so he referred to as police.
Senior Superintendent Joel Consulta, Pampanga police provincial director, stated the suspects tried to flee the scene once they noticed police arrive. However, their automobile was blocked by patrol automobiles and so they had been arrested.
A search of the boys revealed they had been carrying 339,300 pesos in money and 152 items of cloned ATM playing cards.
During questioning, the boys stated that they had travelled up from Cebu City by automobile and ferrry.
Foreign accounts focused
Mr Aquino stated the suspects most well-liked to function in areas in style with vacationers and expats the place they’d not be so conspicuous.
“They do the skimming or planting of cloning devices and hidden cameras in ATMs frequently used by foreigners and Filipinos. Then they harvest or withdraw money,” he stated.
Aquino added that the foreigners had been capable of “harvest” the 339,300 pesos in lower than two hours by transferring between a number of ATMs.
The males have been charged with violation of Republic Act (RA) 8484 or the Access Devices Regulation Act in addition to RA 8792 or the Electronic Commerce Act.
Central Luzon police will coordinate with the Bureau of Immigration.