Two in court for alleged ATM scam

Two men accused of using false bank cards to get money from Automatic Teller Machines appeared in Summary Court last week, but charges were not put to them because an interpreter was not available.

Vladimir Oprisor, 22, told the court Thursday he speaks English, but co-defendant Paul Oviciu Muresan, 25, does not speak much English. The men were identified as citizens of Romania who were visiting Cayman.

Crown Counsel Elisabeth Lees told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that the men were arrested after several transactions involving fraudulent bank cards. Most of the transactions were unsuccessful, she said, but some were successful.

The charges reflect alleged activity between 14-16 February at various places along West Bay Road when the men attempted to use a number of false cards to withdraw money. Seventeen unsuccessful tries are charged as attempted thefts. Four successful tries are charged as thefts, totalling $1,000.

Ms Lees said an interpreter would be available Tuesday, 1 March, and she asked that the men be remanded in custody until then. The Crown will request deportation at some stage, she indicated. No other details were given.

The magistrate asked if the men understood what was being said and Oprisor replied that he had explained to Muresan.

The magistrate thanked him but advised that, for purposes of the charges being put to the men for their pleas, an interpreter would be necessary.

He also suggested that the adjournment would give the men time to speak to an attorney if they want to.