Eastern Europeans accused of ATM theft in court

Posted: May 10, 2016. 6:41 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Late this evening, two Eastern European men are in court being read charges of theft.atm scam

It is alleged by police that the men were part of a massive scam involving automatic teller machines or ATM’s, which started internationally but ended up in Belize, although it appears they did not scam local accounts.

The men were allegedly caught on surveillance camera several times between January and May making withdrawals on faked international bank cards, using stolen ATM pin numbers in another country.

One local bank which appeared to be the primary target caught hold of the scam when an employee stopped in at its main branch while on errands and saw the scammers at work first-hand. He alerted police, who busted the men with various paraphernalia and cash at a local hotel.

Despite the unique nature of this crime, Belize’s outdated laws do not address cyber theft, so the men are charged with regular theft. Their arraignments are taking place at this hour before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and we will have details as they come in.

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