Alleged Romanian scammer remanded
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Romanian Claudio Precup, who has been accused of being the mastermind behind an automated teller machine (ATM) scam that has created apprehension in the banking sector, was this morning remanded when he appeared in Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
The accused, who is being represented by attorney CJ Mitchell, is charged with possesion of identity information and conspiracy to defraud. He is to return to court on April 27.
Precup was arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Monday.
Detective Sergeant Orville Morgan, who is assigned to the St Andrew South CIB, told the Jamaica Observer that the man a Romanian, and a Jamaican man, were picked up at an ATM in Half-Way-Tree on Monday.
The men were allegedly in the act of withdrawing cash from accounts for which they had captured information.
The two were reportedly caught with more than $180,000 and 19 US department store cards.
The Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch is conducting further investigations.