Bulgarian Acquitted Of Using Fake Credit Cards
Category: Kuwait Local News

The Cassation Court, headed by Judge Salem Al-Khudeir, acquitted a Bulgarian of stealing money from customers of banks by using fake credit cards which were forged through invisible devices put in ATM cards. Case files indicate the Bulgarian was part of three-member gang charged with falsifying bank papers with the aim of using them like the originals. These papers include the bank statements of customers and all their details.

According to the report, more than 3,000 ATM cards issued by 35 local and international banks were duplicated within four days only — from Feb 21 to 25. After leaving the country, the gang allegedly used the forged ATM cards in the Dominican Republic.

The Criminal Court then sentenced the three suspects, two of them in absentia, to seven years in prison with hard labor and immediate execution. Lawyer for the suspect arrested in Kuwait, Attorney Mohammad Ahmad Taleb, later filed a petition at the Court of Appeals against the ruling. The higher court amended the ruling by sentencing Taleb’s client to four years in prison with hard labor and immediate execution to be followed by deportation.

In the Cassation Court, Taleb argued there is a similarity between the picture in the passport of his client and that of the other accused taken at the airport showing the three defendants leaving the country. He found loopholes in the technical report on his client’s involvement and the arrest procedures so he demanded for acquittal of his client. The lawyer pointed out there is a big difference between the times when one of the suspects and his client left the airport, indicating his client must be acquitted due to the absence of incriminating evidence.



17 Nov, 2015 0 909
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