First bank ATM robbery suspects sentanced to 12 years / 一銀盜領案起訴 3外籍嫌被求刑12年
On Sept. 13, suspects of the First Bank ATM heist in July were convicted by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. Andrejs Peregudovs from Latvia, Niklae Penkov from Moldova and Mihail Colibaba from Romania were charged with fraud, money laundering, and computer hacking. They were all sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment. Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san announced the verdict yesterday afternoon and praised Mr and Mrs Tsai who had first drawn attention to the ATM robbery.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office sentenced the three men on counts of fraud, money laundering and computer hacking. The prosecutors said the financial scam was organized by multinational crime syndicates which hacked into bank computer systems using malware, and remotely controlled 41 ATMs in 22 branches of the First Bank, stealing a total of over NT$83.27 million. All three of the accused had poor attitudes and were uncooperative after arrest, contributing to the sentence of 12 years' imprisonment.
==CHIU TAI-SAN Minister of Justice==
Any country would want to break up this type of an organized crime. That this sort of international financial fraud ring was implanted in Taiwan is shocking.
The prosecutors also summoned a man surnamed He who found NT$4 million of the stolen money in the Neihu district. After questioning, he was allowed to leave. When Minister of Justice Chiu Tai-san announced the verdict, he particularly praised Mr and Mrs. Tsai who had raised the first alarm with police when they saw a lot of money left at an ATM.
==TSAI CHENG-HUNG Raised the alarm on ATM robbery==
We just did what any good citizen should do. The really praiseworthy ones are the police and criminal investigators who cracked the case.
On July 10, Mr and Mrs. Tsai went to get money from a First Bank ATM at Guting. They saw foreign people acting strangely at the ATM, who left NT$60,000 in cash. They notified police, thus revealing the case. This helped to trace the stolen NT$77 million. Three people have been prosecuted in the case, while 19 left Taiwan before the case was discovered.
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記者 曹晏郡 王興中 陳立峰 台北報導