Pattaya Daily News

22 February 2014 :: 13:02:18 pm 82500

Another Foreign Counterfeited ATM Card Gang Arrested

Bangkok Police have arrested a gang of Russian and Ukrainian criminals that used skimmers to copy information from people’s ATM cards and then used the information to make counterfeit cards to withdraw almost 100 million THB.
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BANGKOK – February 21, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 11.00 a.m. at Metropolitan Police Bureau, Pol.Lt.Gen. Khamronwit Thoopkrajang (Commissioner) together with Pol.Maj.Gen. Thitirach Nongharnphithak (Deputy Commissioner), Pol.Maj.Gen. Suebsak Phansura (Commander), Pol.Col. Chutrakul Yosmadee (Superintendent of Thong Lor police station), Pol.Lt.Col. Wichai Narong (Deputy Superintendent of Thong Lor police station) and the detective police team made a statement about the arrest of Mr. Andrey Mikhalov, aged 27, Russian nationality, Mr. Roman Novak, aged 32, Ukrainian nationality, and Ms. Olena Voytenko, aged 27, Ukrainian nationality, with exhibits of 1 skimmer, 1 computer, 20 fake cards that already had copied information, 30 fake cards with information and 20 genuine cards of the victims, passport, 40,000 THB and approximately $ 2,250 dollars. Total of the stolen money was 4 million THB.

Pol.Maj.Gen. Suebsak Phansura revealed that on February 20, 2014 the police team from the Protection and Suppression Division together with the detective police team of Thong Lor police station had arrested Mr. Andrey Mikhaylov after they had set up a checkpoint at the beginning of Soi Thong Lor 25. Mr. Andrey was getting out of a taxi when the police asked to search his bags and found many fake electronic cards inside. Upon questioning Mr. Andrey he said that he stayed at Cobana hotel in Soi Lang Suan, Pathumwan district. There were 2 more defendants named Mr. Roman Novak and Ms. Olena Voytenko when the officers found many exhibits of fake electronic cards and 1 skimmer that was used to record information of the victims in America and Europe.

After the police inspected the CCTV footage in various ATM machines and after comparing the pictures of the suspect from CCTV footage they found that it looked like Mr. Andrey which he confessed that at approximately 3.40 p.m. on February 14, 2014 he withdrew money from the ATM machine of Kasikorn Thai bank in front of Marsi hotel, Phra Khanong district, Bangkok. The officers also found the exhibits of clothes that he wore on the incident day and the passport of 1 more defendant of this gang which was identified as Mr. Xander Tann, aged 28, Estonian nationality, who is on the run and there is an arrest warrant from Pattaya provincial court in case of counterfeiting electronic cards.

Mr. Somchai Phichitsurakit (Deputy Director of Administrative of Dishonesty Division, Kasikorn Thai bank) said that this gang of criminals copied the information from the electronic cards of the victims in America, Canada and Europe then came to Thailand to withdraw money which is approximately 100 million THB per year. Most of the criminals are groups of Russian, Ukrainian, Malaysian and Turkish and in the past they had been arrested several times. The arrest of the gang of criminals about counterfeiting ATM cards in Thailand is regarded as 1st rank and Mr. Somchai would like to thank the police team for arresting all criminals.

The police charged the 3 defendants with counterfeiting electronic cards, having equipment for counterfeiting or getting information for counterfeiting electronic cards as well as using or having fake electronic cards obtained by knowing that they were fake or counterfeited, they then sent all the defendants along with the exhibits to the investigation officer of Thong Lor police station to be prosecuted further according to the Thai law.

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