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Romanian who pleaded guilty to fraud charges fined $1.5 million

One of the two Romanians charged in connection with a major ATM racket in Jamaica was sentenced today after he pleaded guilty to several counts of  fraud.
   
Daniel Suteu was was fined $1.5 million and ordered deported when he appeared before the St. Andrew Parish Court.
   
He will serve six months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.
   
Suteu pleaded guilty to the offences of unauthorised access to computer; possession of criminal property and simple larceny.
    
Andre Sterling, the Jamaican who was charged jointly with him was fined $1 million or six months in prison.
    
The two men were held last month making illegal withdrawals from an ATM at the Pavillion Mall in St. Andrew.
    
Investigators from the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) reported that the men had rigged the machine.

Several ATM receipts showing withdrawals, $190,000 and 20 fraudulent cards were also seized from them.
    
The cops believe the Romanian scamming network operating in Jamaica has been installing devices in ATMs, capturing personal information on cardholders.                  
   
Claudia Precup, another Romanian charged in the investigation, is to return to court next month.



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