Bank card fraudster jailed

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Munteanu was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment Munteanu was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment

A fraudster who placed skimming devices on ticket machines at Tube stations has been jailed.

Alexandru Munteanu, 26, of High Road, Leytonstone, used a device incoporating a pin-hole camera and a card reader at Epping, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, Theydon Bois and West Ham stations.

Police were called to Epping Tube station after a device was found.

Plain clothes officers monitored the machine until Munteanu returned and he was arrested.

Speaking after Munteanu was jailed for two-and-a-half years, PC Mark Pink, said: "Alexandru Munteanu is a prolific offender who left the country after his crime spree before returning two months later and committing further offences.

“His luck ran out when officers identified him on CCTV committing the crimes at the Tube stations and a forensic examination of a device matched his DNA.

“Skimming devices can be difficult to spot as they are designed to look like part of the machine. 

Always remember to shield your pin from any potentially concealed camera and don’t use an ATM when people are loitering.”

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3:29pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Dave mp says...

Should have got a longer sentence, then deported.
Should have got a longer sentence, then deported. Dave mp

11:42pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

So this man was not enriching the UK but his pockets.

Should be one misdemeanor and you are banned for ever. Just abuse of our hospitality.
So this man was not enriching the UK but his pockets. Should be one misdemeanor and you are banned for ever. Just abuse of our hospitality. Billy Yerache

11:19am Sat 21 Dec 13

myopinioncounts says...

Is the accused's nationality given along with their name and address in court? If so, why doesn't this paper include it? We are entitled to know just how many of those in court are foreign nationals.
Is the accused's nationality given along with their name and address in court? If so, why doesn't this paper include it? We are entitled to know just how many of those in court are foreign nationals. myopinioncounts

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