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Jakarta Post

Bulgarian man sentenced for ATM data theft in Bali

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 27, 2016   /  10:49 am
Bulgarian man sentenced for ATM data theft in Bali Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev (second left) is taken to the National Police headquarters on Oct. 23, 2015 following his arrest in Serbia. IIliev was wanted in Indonesia for stealing money more than 5,500 times via ATMs in Bali, using a skimming method. ( Januarius Kuwado)

The public prosecutor has sentenced a Bulgarian named Dimitar Nikolov Iliev to 12 years in prison for stealing the data of ATM users in Kuta, Bali.

During a hearing on Tuesday at Denpasar District Court, judge Achmed Peten Sili also asked Iliev to pay fines of Rp 100 million (US$7,389) or serve six additional months in jail.

"The suspect is proven guilty of intentionally stealing and going against the law by accessing computer data or an electronic system by breaking into a security system," Achmed said as quoted by

The judge reached the verdict by considering the criminal actions of stealing the data of numerous ATM customers. However, the sentence was made lighter as the suspect confessed to his crime and was well-behaved during the hearing.

Iliev is accused of stealing ATM customers’ data with his friend Andrey Kolev from ATM 4163 Laksamana, Kuta, on Dec. 7, 2014.

He broke a padlock behind the ATM machine and replaced the original keypad canopy with another that had been equipped with a camera in order to record customers entering their PINs while making transactions.

The suspect allegedly prepared a camera, steel pipe and a router installed inside the camera to immediately transfer the customers’ data and enable the criminals to steal their money.

Hundreds of dollars were lost as a result of Iliev's crime. Two victims named James Worboys Gais and Jacquelina S. Campbell lost US$232 and $370, respectively.

Meanwhile, Antcha Hodge lost her credit card after it was used by the suspect for illegal transactions. A letter from the Police Liaison Officer (BKA) said the total losses amounted to $6,278). (afr)

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