Samoa Court Sentences Two Chinese To Five Years In Prison For ATM Skimming

Pair convicted for stealing $27,500

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 11, 2017) – Two Chinese nationals convicted of "skimming" $US27,500 from ATMs around Samoa have each been sentenced to five years in prison.

The sentence was handed down last Friday at the District Court by Judge Fepulea'i Ameperosa Roma who said he believed more people were involved in the thefts from the Bank South Pacific ATM machines.

Judge Roma said there was a high degree of planning in the thefts.

The crime involved counterfeit bank cards that were used to illegally withdraw funds from the accounts of offshore clients.

The judge told the court the men had travelled from China to an island they had never previously visited and used the fake cards to withdraw numerous and substantial sums over a three day period.

[PIR editor's note: On July 11, 2017 Samoa Observer reported that 'A 33 year old Catalin Razvan Veverita of Romania who is accused of stealing money from an A.T.M of a local bank, has been granted bail.']

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