Man given five months jail term for offences related to ATM fraud

Ballymena Courthouse6
Ballymena Courthouse

A man with a Ballyclare address has been given a five months jail sentence for offences related to ATM fraud.

Ghita Mihai Dutcas (36), of Millburn Mews, was sentenced on seven charges including five of possessing articles in connection with fraud; one of criminal damage and one of possessing criminal property.

The fraud charges involved him possessing, or having under his control, a memory card reader; ‘mag strip cards’, computer programmes; bankcard data and SD cards containing footage of ATM keypad entries.

He also admitted damaging the card reader of an ATM machine belonging to Ulster Bank and possession of criminal property, namely several thousands worth of cash.

The offences were committed last year.

The defendant also has to pay £500 compensation.

The case was dealt with at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

At a recent court, Adela Florentina Mois (32), from the same address in Ballyclare as Dutcas, admitted damaging the card reader of an ATM machine belonging to Ulster Bank and was given a six months jail term, suspended for 18 months.

That court heard Mois was “keen to return to Romania”.

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