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More suspects in ATM card forgery identified
Observer Online Desk
Published :Thursday, 25 February, 2016,  Time : 9:54 PM  View Count : 4
Investigators have identified more suspects involved in the recent ATM card scam.

Talking to reporters at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media centre on Thursday, its Additional Commissioner Monirul Islam said the detectives have already gleaned information about the suspects after interrogating three bank officials and one citizen of Poland, who were arrested from Gulsan area of the city on February 22 in connection with ATM card forgery.

The arrestees - Piotr Szczepan Mazurek alias Thomas, a Poland national, Moksed Al alias Maksud, Rezaul Karim alias Sahin, Refaz Ahmed alias Rony, officials of City Bank - are being interrogated by the detectives under a six-day police remand.

A Dhaka court on Monday placed them for the remand after they were produced before the court.

Monirul, also the head of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of DMP, said they have been scrutinizing the information given by the four arrestees.

After confirmation, the detectives will go on operation to arrest the culprits.

The ATM card forgery was carried out through a nexus of the members of an international fraud syndicate, bank officials and traders, the CTTC head added.

On February 12, the authorities of the United Commercial Bank (UCB) filed a case with Banani Police station as at least Tk 1.26 lakh was misappropriated through ATM card forgery recently. Later, the cases was transferred in DB police.

On February 13, the Bangladesh Bank asked several banks to block around 200 ATM cards believed to have been read by “skimming devices” during February 7-9.

On February 17, the DB claimed that a citizen of an Eastern European country was suspected to be involved in the ATM card forgery as they had identified the faces of 4-5 foreigners from video footage.


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