11 people were accused of involvement in a gang that dealt with computer frauds. According to investigators from Zamość (Lubelskie Voivodeship), the members of the group developed a whole mechanism by which they stole money from bank accounts. In total, the victims were to lose over PLN 3.5 million.
It all started with the case of a 60-year-old resident of the Krasnystaw County (Lublin Province), who in May 2020 announced that almost PLN 100,000 had disappeared from his bank account – through several unauthorized transfers.
– The policemen then established that the owners of the accounts to which the funds were transferred were, among others, citizens of Ukraine. Then there were the first arrests in this case – says junior aspirant Jolanta Babicz from the press team of the Lublin police.
Some dealt with the technical side, others contacted the aggrieved parties
The entire criminal practice was based on the theft of funds accumulated in bank accounts. For this purpose, a mechanism was developed in which – as the police emphasized – many people were involved.
– Some of them dealt with the technical side, obtained the appropriate equipment and data needed to authorize transfers and obtain unauthorized access to accounts. Other people acted as consultants and directly contacted those from whom they obtained the data needed to authorize transfers or change the authorization tool – reports Babicz.
Police: over PLN 3.5 million in losses
Bank accounts – as investigators found – were seized after the computer or phone had been infected with spyware. In this way, access to bank accounts was obtained. Still other people were to deal with making transfers from accounts. And then the money was withdrawn at ATMs by other people as well.
– In the course of the proceedings, six aggrieved parties were identified, including one company from the Mazowieckie voivodship. The total value of the start has exceeded PLN 3.5 million – informs asp. Babicz.
14 people detained, 11 will be brought before a court
Investigators detained a total of 14 people in this case. The first arrests took place at the beginning of June last year throughout the country, mainly in the Lubelskie and Mazowieckie voivodships. They were citizens of Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
The charges against the six accused concern acting in an organized criminal group. All were charged with computer fraud. Pre-trial arrests were applied against nine members of the group, which were later changed by the court into non-custodial preventive measures in the form of, inter alia, property guarantees, a ban on leaving the country, and police supervision.
– The District Prosecutor’s Office in Zamość brought a bill of indictment in this case against 11 people. In addition to the allegations of participation in an organized criminal group, the charges of the indictment concern computer fraud, burglary, the use of someone else’s identity document, as well as the possession and use of intoxicants and psychotropic substances – says Jolanta Babicz.
These crimes are punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
It all started with the case of a 60-year-old resident of the Krasnystaw poviat, from whose account almost PLN 100,000 disappeared
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