Four charged with conspiracy to defraud banks

Cloned credit cards allegedly used to get cash at ATMs

Four visitors were in Summary Court on Monday jointly charged with conspiracy to defraud local retail banks by dishonestly withdrawing cash from ATMs with the use of cloned credit cards. 

Roland Pop, 39, and Ianacu Bogdan Vlismas, 38, are also charged with theft of approximately US$100,000 and possession of it as criminal property. The thefts reportedly occurred between Dec. 10 and 17. 

Florin Roata, 42, and Mariana Oprinoiu, 33, are also charged with theft of US$15,000 between Dec. 11-16 and possession of it as criminal property. 

Attorney Steve McField represented Oprinoiu and Roata, both of whom are Romanian nationals. Laurence Aiolfi represented Vlismas, who is also Romanian, and Pop, who is Hungarian. 

An interpreter assisted the defendants in the dock. 

No applications were made for bail. When Oprinoiu, the only female, realized she was being remanded in custody she began to cry. 

The four had been held at the police station. They were first brought to court late last Thursday, when officers were required to ask for extension of the suspects’ time in custody before charging. Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn granted the request.  

On Monday, after Crown counsel Kenneth Ferguson and attorneys in the matter agreed that the conspiracy charge could be heard only in Grand Court, Magistrate Valdis Foldats transmitted that charge for mention in the higher court on Jan. 9. The other charges remained in Summary Court until defense attorneys could consult further with their clients. 

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