3 foreigners nabbed for ATM skimming in Pampanga


CAMP OLIVAS,Pampanga — Three foreign nationals were arrested Monday night by authorities for automated teller machine (ATM) skimming in a bank in the City of San Fernando, this province.

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police regional director, identified the arrested as Nicaraguan Radu Minodor Sandor, 43; Italian Marcu Bogdan, 26; and Romanian Petro Joan Uvegas, 44.

Aquino said that although Uvegas is an Romanian, he is holding a Hungarian passport bearing the name Balazs Varga. He is also married to a Filipino named Michelle Trajano with whom he has two sons.

Meanwhile, Supt Roland Agohob, police chief of the City of San Fernando, said they received a tip regarding suspicious three Caucasian-looking persons at the BPI Family Savings Bank along MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Agustin, City of San Fernando.

Agohob said the three suspects were caught in the act of withdrawing money from the same bank about 10:30 p.m. Monday by the men of the City of San Fernando Police.

Seized from the three suspects were skimming device, assorted ATM cloning cards, cash money amounting to PHP339,362.00 and a Toyota Wigo color white car with conduction sticker VQ 8261.

Agohob also said the suspects are under now under the custody of the City of San Fernando Police Office.

“We are coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration on the status of the suspects as they might be involved in an international syndicate engaged in ATM card fraud,” he said.

“In the meantime, they will be charged with violation of RA 8484 or Access Devise Regulation Act and violation of Section of 8792 or E- Commerce Law, ” Agohob added. Froilan Magtoto/PNA-northboundasia.com