Gang, who “Went fishing for other peoples’ money” jailed and ordered to be deported.

It pays to be alert when you collect money from a cash machine (ATM) – always watch for people lurking nearby, check for any signs of tampering of the machine paying particular attention to the slot where your card goes in, and the slot where the money comes out. And cound the money on the spot and if there is some notes short, phone the police if the bank is closed.

This report is just in from the Barnet Police.

Three men have been sentenced for their part in a cash-point fraud at a bank on Ossulton way, London NW11 on the 27th of January 2011. The gang targeted unsuspecting members of the public who were trying to use the cash point. The gang used metal strips with double sided glue to catch bank notes as they were dispensed from the ATM.

All three were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on the 24th March 2011.

1) Mr George Iulian EFTIME from Romania, aged 22 of no fixed address – charged with s6 Fraud Act 2006 – Possession/Control of Articles used in Fraud. Judge sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment, the £400 he had on him at the time of arrest was seized and he is subject to a Deportation Order back to Romania after he serves his sentence.

2) Mr Ionut DIACONU from Romania, aged 31 of no fixed address – charged with s6 Fraud Act 2006 – Possession/Control of Articles used in Fraud. Judge sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment, the £510 he had on him at the time of arrest was seized and he is subject to a Deportation Order back to Romania after he serves his sentence.

3) Mr Cornell MIHAI – Also Known As – Mr Mircea MOISA, from Romania, aged 24 of 9A Hampden Square, London, N14 5JP – – charged with s6 Fraud Act 2006 – Possession/Control of Articles used in Fraud. Judge sentenced him to 15 months imprisonment; he is subject to a Deportation Order back to Romania after he serves his sentence.

The offence was detected when a member of the public noticed the three men acting suspiciously near a cash point. The member of the public kept watch and noted the description of the men and the details of the Mercedes car they were driving and then called police.

Police officers arrived just at the men three men drove away from the scene. The car was stopped and the men searched. Mihai had two cash cards in the name of a woman, Dicanou had £510 in cash and Eftime had £400 in cash. Eftime had a tube of glue with him that he later claimed he had with him to repair his shoes. In the Mercedes car the searching officers found two metal strips that had double sided tape attached to them. These were shaped to fit over the top of the ATM machines. All three were arrested and charged with possession of articles for use in fraud.

TDC Yogini Patel the officer in the case said,By using a metal strip with double sided glue the gang effectively went fishing for other peoples’ money.

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