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February 1, 2023

Prosecutors discover computer fraud network

Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutors have searched 35 locations throughout the country and have heard 24 persons suspected of being part of a computer fraud network that caused damages of EUR 300,000 in France, Spain, Italy, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, the US and Mexico. The searches took place in Craiova (20), Bucharest (five), Galati (four), Constanta-Mangalia (three), Sacele (one), Timisoara (one) and Fetesti (one). “There were 35 searches. We were looking for 25 persons and found 24. They were taken to the DIICOT headquarters in Craiova. Basically there were two groups: one in Craiova, led by Camen Cosmin, a.k.a. Lale, and one in Sacele, led by Florea Iancu, a.k.a. Iancu Jianu,” Adrian Gluga, Chief Prosecutor DIICOT Craiova, stated for Mediafax. Adrian Gluga pointed out that Adrian Popescu, a.k.a Schilaci, was brought in for hearings too. According to judicial sources, Adrian Popescu is the son of football sports agent Marcel Popescu.

The aforementioned persons are charged with creating an organized crime group and computer fraud. The damages caused by the group are estimated at more than EUR 300,000. According to Realitatea.net, investigators claim that the suspects were cloning credit cards of persons from South America, from Mexico and Columbia in particular. The prosecutors’ action allegedly enjoyed the support of the US Secret Service.

Two romanians arrested in Israel for bank fraud

Two Romanian citizens were arrested on Sunday in Israel after they were caught taking money from false credit cards, ‘Jerusalem Post’ informs. The two Romanians are accused of placing hidden cameras at several ATMs in Tel Aviv in order to find out the PIN codes of clients using the ATMs. Police believe they fraudulently collected EUR 20,000 and more persons are involved in this crime.

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