Million-dollar fines for ATM fraudsters
A Romanian and a Jamaican who were charged in relation to an ATM fraud scheme, were yesterday slapped with J$1 million fines.
Those convicted are Daniel Suteu, 32, a Romanian national of no fixed Jamaican address, and Andre Sterling, 33, a welder of Portmore, St Catherine.
Suteu pleaded guilty to seven counts of unauthorised access to computer data, and was fined $500,000 or six months on the first count, and $100,000 or six months on each of the six subsequent counts.
He also pleaded guilty to three counts of simple larceny and was fined $50,000 or six months on each charge.
He was fined an additional $300,000 or six months for possession of criminal property. Suteu was fined a total of $1,550,000.
The judge, Judith Pusey, also made a recommendation for deportation.
Sterling was fined $500,000 or six months for unauthorised access to computer data on the first count and $100,000 or six months on the second count.
He was then fined $300,000 or six months for possession of criminal property, and $50,000 or six months on each of the two counts of simple larceny. His fined totalled $1,000,000.
Reports are that on April 18, both men went to a Scotiabank ATM at the Pavilion Mall in Half Way Tree with a total of 19 forged debit cards, and used them to make unauthorised withdrawals from persons' savings accounts, totalling $188,000.
Their transactions, and the length of time they were spending in the ATM machine aroused the suspicion of a security guard, who then contacted the Half-Way Tree police, and an arrest was made.