Bulgarian ATM Fraudsters Stir Turmoil in Uganda Court – Report

Crime | September 25, 2012, Tuesday // 11:35|  views

(L-R) Ivan Ganchev Emilov, Milen Katsarski, Adrian Dimitrov and Anton Ivanov in the dock at Buganda Road Court Kampala. Photo by New Vision

A group of four Bulgarians arrested in Uganda's capital Kampala on allegations of operating an ATM skimming scam have "barricaded" themselves in a courtroom, according to a local media report.

The four suspects remained holed up in one of the Buganda Road court's courtrooms and refused to come out of the court premises, according to Uganda's New Vision daily.

However, police officers dragged them out one by one and had them handcuffed and taken to the nearby Central Police Station, the daily says.

The Bulgarians are facing 30 counts of forgery.

Milen Katsarski, Adrian Dimitrov, Ivan Ganchev Emilov, and Anton Ivanov were detained at the end of August as they were withdrawing money from an ATM machine at Stanbic Bank in the capital suburb of Nateete.

The men were allegedly using a microchip and a phone battery to gain access to all the bank customers' accounts. Then they picked the accounts, holding huge sums, made ATM cards and withdrew the money. After changing them into dollars, the Bulgarians wired the money to bank accounts in their home country

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Tags: ATM, skimming, Uganda, Bulgarians


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