Romanian, charged with robbing the Irish president’s husband

The Romanian Costel Asimioanei, aged 27, is charged by Irish authorities with stealing over EUR 4,250 from the account of Martin McAleese, the husband of the Irish president, Mary McAleese. The method used by the Romanian was cloning Mr. McAleese’s card. He used the money to pay, among others, several gas refills, shopping at various shops and accommodation at a hotel, the Irish Independent reports. Prosecutors claimed that the Romanian had made these withdrawals between December 12 and 20, 2009. At the moment of his arrest, he had on him skimming technology. The Romanian lived din Ireland, with his girlfriend and the latter’s mother, and was unemployed. The prosecutors required that the Romanian be tried while in custody, fearing he may flee the country.

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