Cloned credit cards case sent to Grand Court

Defendants are charged with conspiracy to defraud

Two men charged with conspiracy to defraud in relation to cloned credit cards will appear in Grand Court on March 11.

Canadian nationals Adam Mokdad, 21, and Hakim Benamara, 25, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when they were advised that conspiracy to defraud is a Category A offense, meaning it can be dealt with only in the higher court.

The men are charged with conspiring together with others unknown to defraud local retail banks by agreeing to use cloned credit cards to dishonestly withdraw cash. The offense allegedly occurred between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

The men were arrested after the Financial Crime Unit received a report from a local bank regarding suspicious cards that had been retained by one of its automatic teller machines.

The longer than usual adjournment was set to enable the men get their legal aid applications “sorted out and finalized,” attorney John Furniss said. He has been representing Mokdad.

Attorney Crister Brady has been approached on behalf of Benamara.

The defendants were remanded in custody until their next court appearance.