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June 22, 2021

Six people detained for credit card forgery

Six people were ordered under arrest by the Timis City Court on Wednesday night, while arrest warrants were issued in absentia for three other people, suspected of being part of a group specialised in forging credit cards. The six were detained following several simultaneous raids in Timis and other counties on Wednesday, as part of a wide operation to dismantle the group. Twenty-two people are under investigation in the case.

The group, which was set up in 2006 in Timis, was specialised in stealing card information from several European Union countries, mostly in Italy, and using that information to create cloned cards. The cloned cards were used for cash withdrawals from ATMs in several Romanian counties. The group reportedly managed to steal tens of thousands of euros by forging credit cards.

Three of the suspects ordered under arrest in absentia are currently in Italy and were represented by a lawyer, according to investigators, quoted by Mediafax. The three plan to appeal the detention order.

Also Wednesday, a Romanian sought internationally through Interpol Paris was detained in Tulcea. The man, 19, was sought for 18 counts of qualified theft, association to commit crime and other offences and for causing losses of over EUR 500,000. The Romanian reportedly stole several expensive mobile phones, perfumes and clothes from various stores in France. He was placed under arrest while authorities will finish procedures to turn him over to French police.

Yesterday, Bucharest precinct 9 police arrested two people suspected of having committed several robberies. The two suspects are believed to have broken into at least two homes and two stores, from where they stole electronic home appliances, jewelry, money, clothes and other goods, police informs.

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