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News | Thu 17th Dec, 2015
A gang member who played a key role in a large scale theft from cash machines in England is facing jail after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud ATM provider Cardtronics UK between 1 May 2014 and 28 May 2014.
Teofil Bortos helped the gang steal over £1.3milion over a 5 day period. The gang infected 51 high street cash machines with a computer virus that allowed them to steal the money which has never been recovered.
Fellow gang member Grigore Paladi pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to 5 years in prison in February 2015.
Tim Godfrey for the prosecution told the court “’This case concerns a carefully planned and sophisticated scam whereby a criminal gang obtained access to 51 ATMs, or cash machines, over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May last year.
He added: ‘The defendant, Teofil Bortos, was a member of a criminal organisation that carried out this scam. There is strong evidence linking the defendant to those who were doing this, illustrating that he was party to the criminal enterprise they were engaged in.
‘To be clear, the crown do not assert that Bortos himself inserted the malware or otherwise tampered with the ATMs, but the totality of the evidence demonstrates he was party with others to the criminal agreement to commit fraud in this way. He was frequently physically present at or very close to the ATMs affected by the scam. Bortos was in a trusted position in the organised crime group responsible for the fraud.”
Bortos will be sentenced on 11 January 2016.