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Two Bulgarians held over ATM thefts in Kampala

Discussion in 'Ugandan News and Politics' started by ByaseL, Feb 27, 2012.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    Two Bulgarian have been charged with stealing money from Automated Teller Machines(ATM) from various Banks. Fillip Aradzhien,33year and Adrian Dimitrov, 24years both residents of Najjera a Kampala Suburbe, were on Friday charged with theft of over sh30m from various Barclays Bank ATMs around Kampala between December 17 and 27, 2011.

    According to the Police, several other accomplices are on the run.

    While at the High Court, the suspects were informed that they face another charge of attempted theft of cash from Barclays and Standard Chartered banks in Kampala.

    Court heard that the two and others at large hack into the system using a re-fabricated machine that collects data about clients before stealing money from the bank’s ATMs.

    The data is used to make duplicate ATM cards that are used to withdraw money, according to the charge sheet.
    The two were arrested on December 29, 2011 at the ATM of Standard Chartered Bank on Kampala Road. They were found in possession of a skimming device.

    Appearing before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Hellena Kayinza, the suspects, who looked unbothered, denied the charges.

    They were granted bail until March 9 when they are to appear for mention.

    Through their lawyer, Ivan Mugabi, the suspects were asked to deposit their passports and a sh50m non-cash bond.
    Their sureties were asked to pay sh1m cash each and deposit their travel documents in court for custody.