3 foreigners nabbed for ATM skimming

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CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga: Three foreigners were arrested while in the act of skimming an automated teller machine (ATM) of BPI Family Savings Bank branch in San Fernando City on Monday night.

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Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police regional director, identified the arrested perpetrators as Radu Minodor Sandor, 43, a Nicaraguan; Marcu Bogdan, 26, Italian and Petro Joan Uvegas, 44, Romanian.

Aquino said Uvegas, although a Romanian, carries a Hungarian passport bearing the name Balazs Varga. He is married to a Filipina, Michelle Trajano, with whom he has two sons.

They were presented during a media conference at the Philippine National Police Regional Office here on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Supt Roland Agohob, San Fernando police chief, said they received information regarding three suspicious Caucasian-looking persons at the bank branch along Macarthur Highway in Barangay San Agustin.

A responding police team caught the suspects in the act of withdrawing money at the bank’s ATM at about 10:30 p.m. When accosted and frisked the foreigners were found with skimming devices, assorted ATM clone cards, about P339,362 cash and a white Toyota Wigo car with conduction sticker VQ 8261.

“We are coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration on the status of the suspects as they might be involved in an international syndicate engaged in ATM card fraud,” Agohob said.

Meanwhile, charges for violation of Republic Act 8484 or Access Devise Regulation and violation of the E-Commerce Law are being prepared against the foreigners who are detained at the San Fernando City police station.

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