ATM card forgery : Four remanded

A Dhaka court today (Monday) has placed the arrested one foreign national and three officials of City Bank on a six-day remand in a case filed by United Commercial Bank Limited (UCB) in connection with the recent ATM card forgery.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mazharul Islam  passed the order after a hearing a petition in this regard on Monday.

The foreign nationals was Thomas Peter, a Poland citizen, while three other arrested persons were City Bank officials–Morshed Alam Maksud, Rezaul Karim Shahin and Refat Ahmed Rony.

Earlier, investigation officer of the case DB inspector Sohrab Mia pleaded to place the accused under a 10-day remand each after producing them before the court.

In his remand prayer, the investigation officer stated that the arrested accused withdrew lakhs of taka from clients’ accounts using modern computer technology. They were the members of an international syndicate. One of them was citizens of four countries. “It is important to find out others involved in the forgery by questioning the arrested persons under remand,” he said.

After hearing the court granted six days’ remand for each othe accused.

The accused were arrested from different parts of the capital on Sunday night.

Earlier in the day, DMP additional commissioner Md Monirul Islam said at a press conference at the DMP Media Center in the capital that under the primary investigation, arrested Peter said he is a German citizen though he was born in Ukraine. He concealed his identity by stealing another person’s passport and entered Bangladesh in guise of a fake name.

The police official said an international syndicate was involved in ATM forgery in Bangladesh. “This international syndicate, mainly based in Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Poland, is active in different countries of Europe, Africa and Asia.

Monirul Islam said it was the first of its kind ATM scam in Bangladesh. Fraudsters skimmed off ATM cards of the clients and withdrew money from various booths of three banks–United Commercial Bank Limited, City Bank and Eastern Bank Limited on February 7 and 8.